What is that discomfort in your abdomen? What is that tingling or ach you have in your neck, upper back, or shoulders? Is nausea an indication of a life-threatening event? The truth is that you may have a simple condition that does not need to be seen by a doctor, or you may have a life-threatening event. The problem is recognizing which is which.
Quite often people realize these symptoms and do nothing about it. A heart attack may cross their mind but is routinely disregarded as something else which occurs with a great majority of the population of the world. In fact, many people use the Internet to gain information about their symptoms and follow the instructions religiously. However, the Internet is not always right, and seeing a doctor is the best remedy. But, let us take a look at these common symptoms that people suffer almost on an everyday basis.
According to anatomy of the human body, the abdomen (stomach) houses many organs. The abdomen also encapsulates a highway of arteries, veins and nerves. Many of those nerves are transient and project an ache that could be centralized somewhere else. Let us use the central Faultline of southern California as an example. If an earthquake is centered in Los Angeles, the ground will not only shake there but many miles away. It is the same for certain types of ailments. Another example is when a person has appendicitis, or a woman suffers from an ectopic pregnancy. The appendix is located in the lower right quadrant of the abdominal cavity, and the fallopian tubes are also located in the abdominal cavity. These symptoms may present as a mild ache in the right shoulder for an appendicitis, or the right or left shoulder of an ectopic pregnancy.
The abdomen has intestines, the spleen, the liver with gallbladder, a vena cava, aorta, and the diaphragm. Any one of those organs may become ill and demand attention by projecting discomfort. This is why the term acute abdomen is used until specifically identified. Abdominal discomfort (especially) upper abdominal pain may be in indication of a heart attack. If ignored, this discomfort can lead to cardiac arrest.
A tingling sensation in your neck, upper back or shoulders may be an indication of a spinal-cord injury, tumor, hyperventilation (breathing too fast), or a heart attack. It can be just about anything. These symptoms should not be ignored, regardless if you read the Internet, and it directs you to see a Chiropractor or take an analgesic.
Nausea may be related to gastric disturbances but is often a sign of a heart attack. If you feel that you are nauseated, call your doctor to get directions, go to an emergency room, or call 911. There is no shame when help arrives and you find that you over-reacted. Embarrassment does not exist when your life is in danger. Hence, the need to learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
If anyone you know have these symptoms, consider their age, risk factors (smoking, including vaping, sedentary lifestyle, overweight, diabetes, previous heart attack, stroke, drug use, or aneurysm), and whether or not he or she has not received an annual physical examination. It is important to learn CPR and these symptoms are talked about in the class. You also have the ability to ask questions.
For those who are overweight, encourage them to lose it and he or she will notice a difference in their ability to get around, run, or even jog. Once they start a regular routine, and after seeing their doctor, those symptoms should subside or go away completely. Furthermore, the Internet is a good tool but use it with caution and do not ignore any symptom.
Remember, EMT’s and paramedics are available twenty-four hours a day, and seven days a week. Hospital emergency rooms are open the same, and your doctor works bankers’ hours but have a call service that should be able to get them a message. However, if an emergency exists, don’t wait for your doctor to call back. Call 911 because your doctor will most likely suggest that you be transported to the hospital by the paramedics.
The symptoms of a heart attack can be deceiving and lead you to believe that it is nothing. Be ready to act at a moment’s notice by starting CPR, using the AED and calling for help. With training, you will recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and get to the hospital without delay, and before cardiac arrest occurs.