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Recognizing Heart Attack Symptoms

The American Heart Association recently reported that one American experiences a heart attack every 34 seconds. Unfortunately, many individuals, especially senior adults, are unable to tell when a heart attack is happening because the symptoms can easily be overlooked. It is important that seniors are able to identify the warning signs of a heart attack so they are able to contact professional medical assistance as soon as possible. Identifying a heart attack symptom early could be the difference between life and death.

Recognizing heart attack symptoms in seniors can sometimes be difficult as seniors may also suffer from frailty or an advanced illness. Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque provides the most common signs that may indicate a senior is suffering from a heart attack:

  • Discomfort in the middle of the chest
  • Discomfort in the upper body such as arms, back, neck or jaw
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

If you or an elderly loved one experience any of the above symptoms, call 9-1-1 and get help from local emergency medical services (EMS). It is crucial that action is taken immediately; do not wait longer than five minutes after the onset of the symptoms to seek help.

Contrary to popular belief, heart attacks come on slowly and are often a result of long-term blockage in the heart. This blockage can be attributed to a variety of things, most commonly poor diet and lack of exercise. Therefore, in addition to learning the warning signs of a heart attack, it is important to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. These preventative measures can help seniors continue to live happy, healthy lives. In addition, Albuquerque senior care specialists recommend seniors refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking.

To learn more about senior heart attack recognition, contact Home Care Assistance Albuquerque. Recognized as the experts in live-in care in Albuquerque, we offer a wide range of home care services to help enhance and extend the lives of our senior clients.