Your parents’ retirement years should be their best years! As they age, you may notice certain health issues arising, and it’s vital to watch their demeanor, what they’re saying, and how they’re acting. Consider the following signs of a heart attack in the elderly and what to do if it occurs:
Signs of a Heart Attack
Did you know that a heart attack often shows signs of its approach days or weeks in advance? When you know what to watch for, you can help your parents get lifesaving help before the heart attack ever takes place. Here are three signs of a heart attack you shouldn’t ignore:
Recurrent Chest Pain – Chest pain that is triggered by exertion is a common sign of a heart attack. It’s not the “hand to heart, fall to the floor” chest pain that we see in movies. This pain will be more subtle and will go away with rest.
Abnormal Fluid Retention – Are your parents complaining of swollen ankles, legs, or abdomen? When the heart is not pumping adequately, it cannot supply the entire body with a satisfactory amount of blood. This results in abnormal fluid retention.
Fatigue – Feeling tired can be a direct result of your blood trying to pump blood to your body but not able to do so adequately.
These are three early signs of a heart attack that may present themselves days or weeks in advance. If you are experiencing a heart attack, you may also have a feeling of dread, chest pain, shortness of breath, or feel sharp pain in your arm, back, neck, or jaw.
What to do if a Heart Attack Occurs
If your loved one is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Time is precious when it comes to saving the heart, and it’s imperative that your loved one gets help right away. The medical professionals will take him to the hospital and the doctors will either give your loved one medicine or perform surgery to help his heart.