Although back pain is very frequent and, in most cases, it is caused by bad movements, contractures or lack of exercise, it could also indicate a heart attack. Although pain in the chest is the most common symptom, there may be other partners that must be taken into account in a preventive manner.
According to the Spanish Heart Foundation, a heart attack is the death of the cells of an organ or a part of an organ, when blood does not reach it due to a problem in the artery. Although it is called "infarction" to myocardium or heart muscle, it can happen to any organ.
In the case of heart attack there are some risk factors to consider, for example: hypertension, high "bad" cholesterol, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, among others.
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At the University of Sydney (Australia), a study was conducted that indicated that Back pain that lasts for more than three months could indicate cardiovascular involvement.
For this, they analyzed more than 4 thousand cases of people over 70 years of age who died before 2014 and found that more than 90% of those who died from a heart condition reported intense back pain.
According to this study, those suffering from constant back pain are 13% more likely to suffer a premature infarction.
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Other symptoms that may appear in case of heart attack are: nausea, dizziness, discomfort similar to indigestion, loss of consciousness, changes in normal heartbeat, sweating, paleness, difficulty breathing or pain in the abdomen.
If you or someone close to you has any of these symptoms for 5 minutes or more, see the doctor immediately. Do not drive! Since you could put yourself and others at risk. Ask for help.
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