Low awareness of heart attack symptoms
High degree of awareness of heart attack symptoms in the community will go a long way in seeking early treatment. For life threatening diseases like heart attack, early recognition of symptoms and prompt reporting to the emergency department is highly desirable. But a recent study from United States showed that 47% were not able to recognize some heart attack symptoms while 6% were not able to recognize any heart attack symptoms.
The main heart attack symptoms assessed by the study were:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulders
- Feeling weak, lightheaded, or faint
- Jaw, neck, or back pain