Miocardial Infarction and Heart Attack Symptoms.
When exercising and training for fitness, there are many
situations where you will have to make a judgement as to whether
a person is experiencing problems with their heart. The person
may think that the presenting pain could possibly result from
other causes, and you may find it important to suggest they
should consider the possibility they are experiencing a heart
attack or Miocardial Infarction (MI).
A miocardial infarction or MI can share symptoms with numerous
minor ailments such as skeletal pain, muscular pain, heart
burn or dental pain, and the symptoms can therefore be misinterpreted.
Some may attribute the common pain in the left arm and jaw
to problems associated with advancing years and the ageing
process. These pains may not be very severe, and may have a slow onset. This leads people to attribute the pain to other causes.
Typical Symptoms of Miocardial Infarction or Heart Attack
reflux is common in people over 50 years old, but could present
with similar symptoms to a miocardial infarction. If untreated,
this could result in oesophageal erosion and retrosternal pain in
the same region. People may initially self-treat themselves by taking
drugs like ‘Gaviscon’, intended to prevent acid from
entering the oesophagus, or a proton pump inhibitor such as ‘Nexium’
or ‘Protium’. Although the latter two are only available
on prescription, people often ‘borrow’ drugs from relatives
and friends, who claim they solved their problems*.
If the pain associated with an MI passed relatively quickly, the
person may have seen it as temporary discomfort, and the pressures
of life mean it is quickly forgotten. Males generally take less
care of themselves than females, possibly because they are in denial,
are too lazy or busy to consider seeing a doctor, or see themselves
as being invincible. Married men are generally in much better health
when compared to single men as their spouses care for them.
It is important that if you experience any symptoms
- pain in your left arm or jaw
- crushing central chest pain, or mild chest discomfort,
- shortness of breath,
- clammy, sweaty, and grey complexion,
- nausea and vomiting,
- a general feeling of being unwell, and
- a frightening sense that one is about to die
that are not your normal experience for the exercise you
are carrying out, you should seek medical advice immediately.
A miocardial infarction, MI or heart attack is often unexpected,
but can happen to anyone.
*This is extremely dangerous to do as consuming medications that
are not intended for you can cause serious health risks as they
may not factor into account any underlying risks which your GP will
know to look for.