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.
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