Stomach pain while sitting up is a warning sign of a heart attack. This pain is often described as chest pain.
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked, which can cause pain and other symptoms.
Sitting up without pain can be very difficult to do. It’s also very important to sit up straight and to avoid bending over. Sitting up in a chair is better for many people than lying down.
Pain in the chest, abdomen area, and neck are common symptoms of a heart attack. These can be accompanied by:
- Shortness of breath
- Back pain
- Arm pain or numbness
Symptoms of a heart attack that are different from those of a heart attack include:
- Chest pain that happens when breathing or when you lie down
- Pain that occurs in only one side of your chest
- Nausea and vomiting
Heart attack symptoms can start suddenly, but they can also come on gradually over several hours.
Heart failure is a condition when the heart can’t pump blood as well as it should.
Heart failure can be caused by many things, such as:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Congenital heart disease
- High blood pressure in the arteries of the heart
- High blood pressure in the veins of the heart
- High blood lipids
- Thyroid problems
- Kidney problems
- Other conditions that can affect the kidneys
- Drug therapy
If your heart fails to pump blood properly, fluid can build up in the heart, which can cause swelling and heart damage. This swelling can lead to symptoms such as:
- Swelling in the legs
- Shortness of breathe
- Feeling tired or weak
- Pain in the arms, chest, or back
- Pain in the abdomen
- Pain that starts in the chest
Heart failure is often a progressive condition. It may get worse over time. It may also come and go.
Other heart conditions
Other heart conditions include:
- Atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that causes the upper chambers of the heart to beat too fast
- Atrial flutter, an irregular heart rhythm that causes the upper chambers of the heart to beat too slowly
- Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, an irregular heart rhythm that causes both atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter
- Cardiomyopathy, a disease that affects the heart muscle
- Coronary artery disease, a condition that causes the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart to become narrowed
- Heart valve problems, a condition that affects how blood flows through the heart
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes thickening of the heart muscle
- Inflammatory cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes inflammation in the heart muscle
- Hypertensive heart disease, a condition that occurs when a person has high blood pressure
- Valvular heart disease, a condition that affects the heart valves
Heart attack symptoms
Symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Chest pain that is constant or occurs only when you breathe
- A feeling of pressure or tightness in the chest
- Pain in the arms, neck, jaw, back, or stomach
- Pain that starts in the back or neck and moves to the arms
- Pain that spreads from the neck to the jaw
- Pain that is severe or that comes and goes
- Feeling short of breath or short of breath that gets worse
- Feeling lightheaded or faint
If you think you’re having a heart attack, call 911.
Heart attack treatment
Treatment for a heart attack varies. It depends on the type of heart condition and your overall health.
Heart attack treatment may include:
- Medicine to stop blood clots
- Medicine to dissolve the blood clot
- Medicine to reduce heart rate
- CABG, a procedure to open a blocked artery and help blood flow through it more effectively
- Angioplasty, a procedure to open a blocked artery
- Cardiac catheterization, a procedure to view and treat the heart with a catheter
- Medication to reduce blood pressure
- Medication to help prevent blood clots
Heart attack recovery
A heart attack can be fatal. If you’re having a heart attack, seek emergency medical care as soon as possible.
You may have some chest pain as you recover. This is normal.
You may also have shortness of breath. This is common, especially if you had chest pain.
You may also feel weak or fatigued. These are common symptoms of heart failure.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s treatment plan. It may include taking medicines, having angioplasty, or having a CABG.
Most people who have heart attacks recover completely. It’s important to follow your doctor’s treatment plan.
Your doctor will give you instructions on how to care for your heart after a heart attack. These may include dietary changes, exercise, and monitoring your heart rate.
You should not drive or do other activities that require you to be physically active until you’re fully healed from your heart attack.
Heart attack risk factors
The risk of having a heart attack increases if you:
- Have high blood pressure
- Have diabetes
- Have high cholesterol
- Have obesity
- Have high blood lipids
- Have a family history of heart disease
People with certain risk factors may be more likely to have a heart attack:
- Older than age 45
- African American
- In men with a history of heart attack
- With a history of heart failure
- With a history of heart disease
What’s the outlook for people with heart disease?
The outlook for people with heart disease depends on the type of heart condition they have.
Depending on the cause of your heart condition, you may be able to manage your condition with medication.
If your condition is severe, you may need to have treatment or surgery.
If you have heart failure, you may need to have a device to help your heart pump more effectively.
What is heart failure?
Heart failure occurs when the heart can’t pump blood efficiently. In heart failure, the heart can’t pump oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the rest of the body.
Heart failure is a serious condition that can lead to other serious health complications. It’s usually a progressive condition.
The heart is a muscle, and it needs to work hard to pump blood throughout the body. The body’s natural mechanisms for pumping blood are often disrupted in people with heart failure.
Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle becomes weak or damaged. This can happen for a number of reasons, including:
- A heart attack or heart surgery can cause heart failure.
- A congenital defect that affects the heart muscle development.
- Heart attack, an irregular heart rhythm, or valve disease.
- Heart failure caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
- Heart failure caused by a serious infection, such as endocarditis.
- Heart failure caused by heart defects that can’t be fixed.
The symptoms of heart failure depend on the underlying cause. Symptoms may include:
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat that may feel like an abnormal heartbeat
- Shortness of breathing that may feel like shortness of the breath and may be a sign of a heart attack
- Swelling in the legs and feet
- Fatty buildup in the belly area, which can be a sign of liver disease
- Fatty buildup in the face and neck
If you have heart failure, you may feel tired and need to rest more than usual. You may also have heart palpitations, which are rapid heartbeats that feel like your heart is skipping a beat.
If you have heart failure, you may also feel lightheaded or dizzy when you stand up from a sitting or lying position.
How to tell if you have heart failure?
The following are some symptoms of heart failure:
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breathing
- Sudden swelling in the legs and feet
- Fatty buildup in your belly
- Fatty buildup in your face and neck
- Dizziness when standing up
How to treat heart failure?
Treatment for heart failure depends on the underlying cause.
If you have a heart attack
The treatment for a heart attack may involve:
In some cases, your doctor may also give you a device to help your heart pump more effectively.
If you have a heart valve defect
Your doctor may recommend surgery to replace a heart valve. The exact type of valve depends on the type of heart valve defect.
Some of the types of heart valve defects that may be treated with surgery include:
- Aortic valve stenosis, the most common type of valve defect. In this condition, the aortic valve doesn’t open or close properly. This causes blood to pool in the heart.
- Mitral valve prolapse. This is a condition in which the mitral valve doesn’t close properly. This causes blood to leak backward through the heart.
- Aortic valve regurgitation. This is when the aortic valve doesn’t open properly. This causes blood to leak backward into the left ventricle.
- Mitral valve regurgitation. This is when the mitral valve doesn’t open properly. This causes blood to leak backward into the left atrium.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to fix a heart valve.
In people with heart failure
If you have severe heart failure, you may need a device to help your heart pump more effectively.
If you have a congenital heart defect
If your heart defect is so serious that it requires surgery, your doctor may also recommend a device to help your heart pump more effectively.
It’s important to discuss your heart health with your doctor regularly. It’s important to take your heart health seriously.
If you’re experiencing heart failure symptoms, it’s especially vital to see your doctor to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.
If you receive a heart attack, your doctor will provide treatment to help stop blood from flowing to the brain. It’s important to get treatment for a heart attack as soon as possible.
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