Anyone who has ever had some kind of chest discomfort may think at some point that they are having a heart attack. In some, or even most cases, a heart attack is not the problem. Things such as gas pains, chest colds, or something else may cause a moment of panic. Even in these situations, however, the person can at least go to the hospital and hear from a doctor that they are not suffering a heart attack, which gives the person peace of mind. But what if the doctor is wrong?
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is the result of blockage in one of the arteries to the heart, cutting off the blood supply. This damages the heart, which can then lead to serious long-term disability or death. The onset can be gradual or immediate. Getting treatment at a hospital quickly may mean the difference between life and death. Doctors and emergency room personnel are trained to spot the symptoms of a heart attack and work quickly to keep the patient from suffering any more damage to their heart. These symptoms include:
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