Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for men in the United States.
But thanks to a lot of life-saving treatments, heart attacks don’t have to be fatal – sometimes, they don’t reduce you too much. The trick is to know the symptoms and get help right now.
Symptoms can vary from person to person and even from one episode of the same person to another. Some come suddenly and others give lots of warnings. Nevertheless, men have some common symptoms of heart attack.
It is the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women. In most cases, it starts slowly with mild pain or discomfort. The sudden onset of severe symptoms is called the “Hollywood Heart Attack” because of the way heart attacks are commonly portrayed in movies and on television. Heart attacks can happen this way but it does not happen often.
Chest Discomfort or Pressure
The pain can be intense, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be a feeling of “fullness,” the pressure of contraction or pressure. Even heartburn can be wrong. The discomfort often occurs in the left or center of your chest. The feeling may last for more than a few minutes, or it may come and go.
Pain in Other Parts of Your Body
Pain or discomfort is sometimes seen in other areas because they do not get enough blood. This is usually an area of the body above your abdomen, your shoulders, one arm (possibly the left) or both, your back, neck or jaw and even above the waist with your teeth
Dyspnea can be caused by shortness of breath, with or without chest pain, and it can be your only symptom. This can only happen when you are active or not and probably due to traffic congestion (fluid buildup) in your lungs. You may also find yourself coughing or sneezing.
Feeling unnecessarily tired is another common symptom. You may also feel anxious.
Nausea and vomiting are less common in men than in women. Some people say they look light-headed or fickle. Another possible sign is a break in the cold sweat.
The more symptoms you have, the more likely you are to have a heart attack. But remember, you may not have any symptoms. These are called silent heart attacks and are more common as you get older or have diabetes.
If you think you may have a heart attack, call 911 now.