Miocardial infarction symptoms for heart attack.

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NB: The following information is given in good faith, but should not be construed as a definitive guide to heart problems. If you think there is any possibility that you are having a heart attack, consult a qualified medical practitioner immediately!

Miocardial Infarction and Heart Attack Symptoms.

When exercising and training for fitness, there are many situations where you will have to make a judgement as to whether a person is experiencing problems with their heart. The person may think that the presenting pain could possibly result from other causes, and you may find it important to suggest they should consider the possibility they are experiencing a heart attack or Miocardial Infarction (MI).

A miocardial infarction or MI can share symptoms with numerous minor ailments such as skeletal pain, muscular pain, heart burn or dental pain, and the symptoms can therefore be misinterpreted. Some may attribute the common pain in the left arm and jaw to problems associated with advancing years and the ageing process. These pains may not be very severe, and may have a slow onset. This leads people to attribute the pain to other causes.

Typical Symptoms of Miocardial Infarction or Heart Attack

Acid reflux is common in people over 50 years old, but could present with similar symptoms to a miocardial infarction. If untreated, this could result in oesophageal erosion and retrosternal pain in the same region. People may initially self-treat themselves by taking drugs like ‘Gaviscon’, intended to prevent acid from entering the oesophagus, or a proton pump inhibitor such as ‘Nexium’ or ‘Protium’. Although the latter two are only available on prescription, people often ‘borrow’ drugs from relatives and friends, who claim they solved their problems*.


If the pain associated with an MI passed relatively quickly, the person may have seen it as temporary discomfort, and the pressures of life mean it is quickly forgotten. Males generally take less care of themselves than females, possibly because they are in denial, are too lazy or busy to consider seeing a doctor, or see themselves as being invincible. Married men are generally in much better health when compared to single men as their spouses care for them.

It is important that if you experience any symptoms such as

  • pain in your left arm or jaw
  • crushing central chest pain, or mild chest discomfort,
  • shortness of breath,
  • clammy, sweaty, and grey complexion,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea and vomiting,
  • restlessness,
  • coughing,
  • a general feeling of being unwell, and
  • a frightening sense that one is about to die

that are not your normal experience for the exercise you are carrying out, you should seek medical advice immediately. A miocardial infarction, MI or heart attack is often unexpected, but can happen to anyone.

*This is extremely dangerous to do as consuming medications that are not intended for you can cause serious health risks as they may not factor into account any underlying risks which your GP will know to look for.

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