We all know that it’s especially important to look after our heart health, but evidently, this bears repeating.
According to a new study released by the British Heart Foundation, early warning signs may have been missed in up to one-in-six people who died of a heart attack in hospitals throughout England.
The startling revelation was made by researchers from Imperial College London, after analysing data from heart attack admissions and deaths between the years 2006 and 2010.
The statistics revealed that 16 percent of hospital patients who died during that period had, in fact, been admitted to hospital 28 days earlier - with many bearing tell-tale signs of a heart attack.
With fresh calls for awareness, here are the major signs and symptoms of a heart attack that everyone should look out for.
- Discomfort in the chest – pressure, a 'squeezing' sensation, and severe pain
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweats
- Pain in the jaw, neck or back
- Pain in arms and/or shoulders
- Stomach pain
- Heartburn or indigestion
While some of these symptoms (such as heartburn and indigestion) affect people on a daily basis, it's important to be aware of the full set of typical warning signs.
If you are concerned about your health, always contact your doctor immediately.