Original article from Kent Live
It is important to recognise symptoms of a heart attack.
The myocardial infarction is a serious medical emergency where the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked.
This is usually caused by a blood clot.
The lack of blood able to get to the heart could seriously damage the heart muscle, and can be life threatening for anyone who has a heart attack.
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While people are urged to dial 999 immediately if they suspect someone is having a heart attack, it is important to be able to recognise the official list of symptoms which have been made available by the NHS.
One of the main symptoms of a heart attack is a pain in the chest.
This often comes in the form of a pressure sensation, tightness or squeezing in the centre of the chest.
But it's not only the chest where these pains can occur.
The sensation can also travel across to the arms, as well as affecting the jaw, neck, back and stomach.
The other official symptoms listed by the NHS include feeling lightheaded or dizzy and also sweating.
Some people suffer from a shortness of breath, while other either feel nauseous or are physically sick.
The final symptoms listed include an overwhelming sense of anxiety and coughing or wheezing.
A leading cause of heart attacks is coronary heart disease (CHD) which is a condition where the coronary arteries become clogged with cholesterol.
A person's risk of developing CHD is increased by smoking, having a high-fat diet or being diabetic.
Having a high cholesterol, high blood pressure or being overweight are also causes of CHD.
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