What are the symptoms of a heart attack? According to Dr. Oz , Daytime Emmy Award winning host of "The Dr. Oz Show," there are several tell-tale major symptoms of a heart attack.
The first sign is shortness of breath, which is the most dangerous and tell-tale sign of all. If you are experiencing shortness of breath, especially as a woman, Dr. Oz suggests you go to the emergency room immediately, just to be cautious.
The second sign of a possible heart attack is nausea, which results from a signal sent from the heart to the intestines indicating an abnormality.
Finally, the third and perhaps trickiest sign is physical pain during activity. If, for example, you start to feel pain as you walk but then it goes away while you are stationary, this could be a sign of a heart attack. The tricky thing to keep in mind is that the pain won't always be in the chest. The human body sometimes experiences what is called "referred pain," meaning that your stomach, left arm or even chin could be in pain even if the source of pain is your heart. This is because the heart only has nerve fibers, but no pain receptors, forcing other parts of the body to respond instead.
People sometimes confuse less serious conditions like acid reflux or heartburn with a heart attack, but if you are experiencing any combination of the above symptoms, Dr. Oz suggests you go to the emergency room. After all, better safe than sorry, especially with something as serious as a heart attack.
Learn more about Dr. Oz's Partnership for a Healthier America.
Get more healthy living tips from Dr. Oz here:
One of the biggest indicators to know if you're eating right is by assessing how you look in the morning. If you're bloated, it's because you are allergic or poisoned by something. Toxins in your body cause inflammation. If you look inflamed in the morning, something you ate in the last 12 hours probably bothered you.
To relieve stress, do deep breathing exercises. Put your right hand on your stomach, inhale, and count to 8. Do 10 deep breaths -- it will take 80 seconds.
Check your blood pressure on a regular basis. If you don't know what your blood pressure is, assume that it's high, because for 1/3 of Americans, it is. Find out where your blood pressure is and be sure to take the steps needed to keep it at an optimal level.
Instead of choking down healthy foods that you can't stand, eat foods that you love that also happen to be good for you. Explore which healthy foods you like, and eat them often.
French fries are the #1 source of obesity in America. Fried foods should not be on your agenda.
Red wine is especially beneficial to your body. If you are a drinker, two glasses a day is the optimal amount.
Walk! Use the stairs -- incorporate activity into your life. Do something that makes you joyfully able to move.
Always apply sunscreen to your face and hands -- these areas of the body show the first signs of aging. When selecting a sunscreen, be sure to choose a zinc or titanium based sunscreen, because they protect your skin for longer.
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