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How to survive a heart attack when alone


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To know if you’re suffering from a heart attack, you first need to be able to identify its symptoms. Classical symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Severe chest pain (like squeezing, or a heaviness, or pressing) at the central or left part of the chest, lasting usually for at least 20 min. The pain may also radiate to the left upper arm, neck or jaw.
  • Profuse sweating and a feeling of impending doom.



“About 90 per cent of heart attack sufferers experience the classical symptoms. However, the elderly, females and those suffering from diabetes may develop non-classical heart attack symptoms. These include shortness of breath, mild chest pain, nausea, vomiting and pain in the epigastric region (upper central portion of the abdomen),” says Dr Chin Chee Tang, Senior Consultant at the Department of Cardiology, National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), a member of the SingHealth group.



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