Warning signs of a heart attack (aka myocardial infarction
can be the classic signs of pressure or a squeezing sensation in the
chest under the breastbone. With angina, this occurs with exertion, and
is relieved by rest; this is usually a warning sign
of poor circulation
to the heart (a pre-MI). Sometimes, this can be accompanied by shortness of breath
Sometimes this pain radiates to the left jaw or arm. The signs can be
as subtle as a heartburn-like sensation or a toothache. The subtle
signs are more likely in women and diabetics, as the nerve conduction
patterns may be altered. If you have the risk factors
for cardiovascular disease
, you should be particularly concerned and should have this evaluated, and get a baseline EKG and/or stress test
before an MI occurs. On rare occasion, an MI can be the first and only sign of CV disease, and can be fatal.
"HealthYes! Medical Advisory Board" Preventive health screening
is definitely a great way get more information on your risk for a heart attack.