Unlike their movie counterparts, heart attacks rarely reveal themselves as sudden bursts of chest pain, bringing you to your knees. They leave small clues to their presence up until they strike. Too many times people experience classical heart symptoms, dull aches in the chest, shortness of breath, tightness of the chest, or tingling in the left arm, and ignore it, leave it for another day up until it’s too late. Even though you may shrug off symptoms from other bodily regions, pain in your heart today could be a sign of heart failure tomorrow.
Studies show that seeking medical attention as soon as you experience any of these symptoms raises your chances of survival to 87%, but if you wait until the heart attack itself your chances drop below 9%. In fact over 33% of the United State’s 1.5 million annual heart attacks could be prevented if patients reported their symptoms within the first few hours. While deaths from heart attacks decrease every year as smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure declines, there still remains a large percentage of the cardiovascularly challenged predisposed to heart attacks and would have much greater outcomes of survival should they report their symptoms right away.
If you or a loved one experience pre-heart attack symptoms please call 321-751-3389 so a patient services representative can schedule you an appointment and get you on the path to a heart healthy tomorrow.