Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.1 million lives each year. They are also the biggest cause of death in Ireland claiming about 10,000 lives annually. Every year about 2,300 people die from heart attack and 251 deaths occur in those under the age of 65. Know these signs that your heart is in trouble.
1. Chest Discomfort
It’s the most common sign of heart danger. If you have a blocked artery or are having a heart attack, you may feel pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest.
“Everyone has a different word for that feeling,” Chambers says. “Some people say it’s like an elephant is sitting on them. Other people say it’s like a pinching or burning.”
The feeling usually lasts longer than a few minutes. It may happen when you’re at rest or when you’re doing something physical.
If it’s just a very brief pain — or if it’s a spot that hurts more when you touch or push on it — it’s probably not your heart, Chambers says. You should still get it checked out by a doctor. If the symptoms are more severe and don’t go away after a few minutes, you should call 911.
Also, keep in mind you can have heart problems — even a heart attack — without chest pain. That’s particularly common among women.