Hello. Can someone tell me, is a heart attack something that is gradual and starts out with a small pain that lingers for days or weeks or even months and then gradually gets worse until it is a full heart attack taking weeks or even months to happen, or is a heart attack something that happens rather quickly like in a matter of hours? Thanks to all who reply.
Some people report having heart pains for weeks or months prior to a heart attack, but not all heart pain ends in heart attack.
Heart attacks come differently between people, but any heart pain should be looked at right away..
Well..off and on. today..no a few days ago, very minor. Can't decide if it is actually heart of back/neck related, or stress. I am under a tremendous amount of stress (economy) and I have chronic back and neck problems. If the pains can last for months, are they consistent or do they come and go like every few days? Do they get stronger every day? I did notice that when I stretch while sitting in my chair, I felt the pain for a sec but then it went away so I'm not sure what it all means.
I can tell you how my angina feels, but that is not to say others might be completely different.
Mine comes on very distinctly, right where my heart is. It feels tight, restrictive and with a sharp pain. I usually get flushed and break out in a sweat. I feel like doubling over. My breathing gets shallower and I get anxious. I don't want to move.
When I feel it coming on, I put a nitro glycerine tab under my tongue. If it does not resolve in 2 min. I take another. If I need a third, I call 911. Thankfully, this has only happened once while I was eating at a restaurant.
I did not suffer from angina until after my heart attack, by the way. The heart attack damage caused the angina. If you have any concerns, a simple ekg can give you a lot of clues. Mine still shows the damage caused by my heart attack 8 years ago.