The month of February is once again American Heart Month, and despite the continuing fight against COVID-19, patients should not hesitate in seeing a doctor if they experience symptoms of a cardiac event.
Remember, every minute matters when you’re experiencing an issue with your heart. The National Institutes of Health reports that of those who die from heart attacks, around half will die within an hour of their first symptoms. Here are some warning signs to look out for, which may indicate you are having a heart attack:
- Chest discomfort
- Extreme fatigue
- Lightheadedness or weakness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the jaw, neck or back
- Pain in one or both arms, or shoulders
- Shortness of breath
- Cessation of breathing
- Lack of pulse
- Loss of consciousness
It’s better to be safe than sorry. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience these symptoms, doctors say.
“In the meantime, remember the importance of daily exercise, a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables, maintenance of a healthy weight, and cessation of all tobacco products,” Vishal said.
AU Health’s Department of Cardiology is here to help. Augusta University Medical Center received national accreditation from the American College of Cardiology as a Chest Pain Center, the first in the region to do so.
As we continue to be vigilant looking for warning signs of COVID-19, it’s important to also look out for warning signs in our heart health. If you experience signs of cardiac arrest or other heart issues, call 911 right away.