What Are the Symptoms and Risk Factors of Myocardial Infarction?

Q:
What are the symptoms and risk factors of myocardial infarction?

A:
Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of myocardial infarction include:

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

Risk factors
Factors that increase your risk of myocardial infarction include:

  • Age: Men over 45 and women over 55
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Family history
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Stress
  • Illicit drug use
  • A history of preeclampsia
  • An autoimmune condition

 

 

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