The number 1 killer concerning diseases and health-related issues is coronary heart disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the total number of deaths in Malaysia which resulted from coronary heart disease was 22,701.
Termed as a ‘silent killer,’ a heart attack can strike someone when they least expect it and spotting the signs of a heart attack is crucial in saving the lives.
Here to shed some light on the symptoms of heart attack is Dr Mahmood Sabruddin Zulkifli, Consultant Physician & Interventional Cardiologist at Avisena Specialist Hospital.
Identifying the Signs
“The symptoms of a heart attack could vary. Typically, they are chest pains- described as heaviness or tightness in the centre of the chest. This is associated with sweating, cold sweats and numbness down the left arm,” shared Dr Mahmood that preceding that you might get angina symptoms- chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.
When this happens your body might experience any of the four symptoms below:
Shortness of breath
Reduced Effort Tolerance
Prevention is Better than Cure
While men are commonly at a higher risk for heart attack, Dr. Mahmood shared that it’s essential for females to be wary of this disease too. “The youngest female heart attack patient I had was a 32-year-old mother who didn’t even know that she was diabetic as she never went for a checkup.”
He added that with today’s busy lifestyle it has never been more important to incorporate regular exercise, enough sleep, proper nutrition and a good healthy diet.