Are your cardiac symptoms emergent? Call 911 immediately or visit an ER near you.
Emergency symptoms are good at hiding.
Lorenzo didn't experience your typical heart attack symptoms. His arm never went numb. He didn't have the sweats. He didn't even have typical chest pain.
As the head coach of the women's soccer team at Berry College, Lorenzo thought he'd pulled a chest muscle unloading soccer equipment. But he knew something was wrong when he woke up in the middle of the night, unable to catch his breath. As a nurse, his wife told him that he needed to go to the ER at Redmond immediately.
Lorenzo was a bit overwhelmed at how quickly the ER team responded. After walking into the ER - it felt like 15 minutes later that he was lying in the cath lab, able to see his heart on the screen above him. And watch as Redmond's heart team cleared the blockage, restoring blood flow in his heart.
He was blindsided by the event, considering he had no family history of heart disease and spends his time outdoors coaching soccer.
This experience was his wake up call. Now, he's wide awake and proud to celebrate his 43rd wedding anniversary!
Signs of a Heart Attack
Sudden, severe or ongoing symptoms like Lorenzo's could be a heart attack in disguise. Some people - especially women, people over 65 and those with diabetes - do not experience chest pain at all.
Since heart attacks can be fatal, doctors recommend going to the ER when your pain is unmanageable or symptoms are not ones you commonly experience.
Other cues to watch for include:
- Cold sweats
- Nausea or vomiting
- Numbness, pain or other sensations in your back, one or both arms, jaw, neck or stomach
- Severe lightheadedness or dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Squeezing, tightness, burning, uncomfortable pressure or pain in your chest
- Aching in one or both arms
Thanks to Redmond, I'll be able to see my daughter walk down the aisle, maybe have a few grand kids and spend more time with my wife.