Dr. Sammie I. Long is a highly experienced radiologist and professor of radiology. Over the course of a medical career spanning more than three decades, Dr. Sammie I. Long has established relationships with a number of professional organizations, including the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association provides a wealth of information regarding cardiovascular health, including important warning signs that may indicate a heart attack, stroke, or cardiac arrest. Discomfort and pain throughout the chest and upper body is one of the most well-known signs of cardiovascular trouble, namely heart attacks. Discomfort typically originates at the center of the chest and either persists for an extended period of time, or continuously abates and returns. However, individuals may experience discomfort throughout the neck, back, stomach, or arms rather than the chest.
Chest discomfort associated with cardiovascular issues can be described as unusual pressure or a feeling of being overly full. Additionally, upper body discomfort is often but not always accompanied by shortness of breath; however, it should also be noted that difficulty breathing may occur independent of any chest pain. Other warning signs of a heart attack include cold sweats, nausea, and dizziness.