Is the workout too hard, or is it a heart problem?

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A heart attack occurs when blood flow is partially or completely blocked. Signs of a heart attack can include:

  • Chest pain
  • Discomfort or pain that spreads to both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw
  • Dizziness or Lightheadedness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Pale or grayish skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • A feeling of anxiety or impending doom
  • Extreme Fatigue

Now you may look at that list and see symptoms that could just be due to a hard workout. Sweating is often a sign of a hard workout. Realizing what’s in store for today’s workout easily cause a feeling of impending doom. However, identifying specific symptoms of a cardiac event versus a cardio workout could save your workout partner’s life or even your own life. So how can you tell the difference between major signs of a heart attack and a very challenging workout?

During a workout if any of these symptoms arise, take a short rest. If chest pain lasts for 3-5 minutes or goes away and comes back, it may be a serious sign. As any weight lifter knows, soreness and a little pain comes with the territory. Again, take a rest. If the pain inexplicably spreads or gets worse even with a short rest, it may be serious. Dizziness, lightheadedness, or trouble breathing could just be a sign that you weren’t breathing properly on a squat. Take a rest, breath deep, and see if the symptoms go away. If this dizziness or difficulty breathing doesn’t pass quickly it may be a serious sign.

The Brickhouse Gym in Denton is focused on improving cardio health everyday not just during National Heart Month. Our staff are all trained in identifying signs of a heart attack and giving aid. If you feel that you or your workout partner may be having a heart attack or other health concerns, let one of us know. We will not hesitate to get you the proper help you need.

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