Men and women alike are all too apt to ignore the warning signs of heart issues. In some cases these warning signs can be mistaken for symptoms of other, less serious illnesses. I will say this, it is always better to err on the side of caution.
Warnings that you may have an issue with your heart or other health issues are not exactly like the ones you see on TV and in films. Not everyone who is experiencing an event with their heart will clutch their chest in pain and fall to the ground. Sometimes, for men, rather than sharp pain there will be a terrible feeling of pressure. For women it can be a really severe bout of nausea. If it’s out of the norm, please take the time to get things checked out. Even if you go to your physician and they say, oh you’re fine, you know you own body, you know if you are experiencing something significant, don’t take their answer.
So what are some of the other warning signs that your heart is not working properly?
“Men have a tendency to ignore important health signs and simply fight through things. I get it. I do the same thing. But when is that not a good idea? When should you act fast before things get worse and you die from not acting promptly? The goal here is not to make you paranoid or a hypochondriac, but to make you smart.
Here are 10 emergency health signs men should always pay attention to…
1. Chest pain
Chest pain can result from acid reflux to soreness from bench pressing or doing lots of push-ups. Clearly, if your chest hurts after a bench press workout or any chest workout, e.g. push-ups, there’s no need to run to the ER. Acid reflux can also cause chest pain. Obviously, here the concern is a heart attack, in which case urgent attention can save your life.
The chest pain in a heart attack episode is more in the center part of the chest, and it feels like a pressure or squeezing in your chest. Pain also occurs down the arm, often in the left arm and the left side of the jaw. Shortness of breath is another key symptom—which leads me to my next sign.
But before we go to the second sign, do you remember the sad story of the iconic comedian Gary Shandling’s death earlier this year? He complained to his doctor friend of shortness of breath and his doctor apparently recommended Mr. Shandling to go to the ER. Shandling’s premature demise occurred the next morning while he was calling 911 – a day after it was suggested for him to seek medical help.
2. Shortness of breath (SOB)
Shortness of breath is caused by a heart attack or a pulmonary embolism—as we saw in Greg’s case. It is also caused by pleurisy.
What the heck is that?
Your lungs are surrounded by a thin layer of tissue called the pleura. Inflammation of the pleura is called pleurisy. SOB is a serious sign and symptom, never to be ignored. In any abnormal breathing problem beyond a hard workout or going up a few flights of stairs, it is an urgent emergency situation and quick action is a must.
SOB is one of the biggest signs that something is wrong and immediate attention is required. If you remember anything from this post, let it be to not ignore , unusual and abnormal problems when breathing.” quoted from Healthwise Dr. Geovanni Espinosa.
I have a friend whose Mom has been having shortness of breath for almost a year now. She also recently began to have some pretty drastic fluctuations in her blood pressure. She was rushed to the hospital just before Thanksgiving, and she was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and Atrial fibrillation.
Had she caught things earlier she would have been better off. But like many of us, she ignored the signs and just pushed on. Please, don’t ignore the out of the ordinary signs your body sends you when something is going wrong. Pay attention.
Your senior health care professional