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Heart Attacks

As we navigate our way around what is happening worldwide, severe panic attacks are on the increase rapidly whereby people are mistaking it for heart attacks and rightly so as there could be a thin line. However, there is a difference so please see previous post on panic attack as this post is on signs of a heart attack.


The dramatic scene of someone clutching their chest and falling to the floor in a movie is not the only way to recognise a heart attack. If you have risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, over 60 (if you have lived or living a poor lifestyle), it is important to know as many heart related signs as possible.


A heart attack requires immediate medical attention and occurs when there's blockage of Blood flow to the heart muscle. Without Blood, the tissue loses oxygen and dies. Men and women can experience different symptoms. Women will experience more symptoms than men generally.


People may experience:

Pain areas: in the area between shoulder blades, arm, chest, jaw, left arm, or upper abdomen.

Pain types: can be like a clenched fist in the chest.

Pain circumstances: can occur during rest.

Whole body: dizziness, fatigue, lightheaded, clammy skin, cold sweat, or sweating.

Gastrointestinal: heartburn, indigestion, nausea, or vomiting.

Arm: discomfort or tightness.

Neck: discomfort or tightness.

Also common: anxiety, chest pressure, feeling of impending doom, palpitations, shortness of breath, or shoulder discomfort.


In TICM, the Heart is considered the King of the entire body. All of the organs sacrifice themselves to keep the Heart happy and healthy. By the time the Heart itself is experiencing problems, many other organs are exhausted. The Spleen system (digestion) is suffering, the Liver is exhausted and the Kidney (where our vital energy (Qi) is drained. These dysfunctions manifest into diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol to name a few. Though this is alarming, it also can provide warning signs and clues to stop the conditions from becoming worse.


From the Daoist classic, Contemplations by the Huainan Masters (Huainanzi), ca. 110 B.C.: "The heart is the ruler of the five organ networks. It commands the movements of the four extremities, it circulates the qi and the blood, it roams the realms of the material and the immaterial, and it is in tune with the gateways of every action.




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