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Why do people having heart attack signs often delay seeking emergency care?

Often they don't know they are having a heart attack and think the signals are just muscle soreness, indigestion or heartburn.

Some patients who are having heart attacks can mistake the signs and symptoms they are experiencing as something else such as musculoskeletal pain or gastric esophageal reflux disease. It is important to consult your doctor and seek immediate attention if you are having chest pain.

Mrs. LeAnne Lovett-Floom
Ambulatory Care Specialist

People often delay seeking medical care for cardiac symptoms because they do not know that many subtle signs may be the overall result of an impending heart attack. Others may not know at all due to other underlying health issues such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, indigestion (GERD) or other issues. Unfortunately, many persons are often in denial that something could actually be a heart issue. For instance, my grandmother continued to have a "pulled muscle" in her scapula. Weeks later, her primary doctor found that she had already had a significant heart attack along with heart muscle damage. Don't wait, have your symptoms evaluated by a healthcare professional today. 

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