An overview of Coronary Thrombosis Symptoms

Coronary thrombosis is commonly called heart attack and the most common coronary thrombosis symptoms include chest pain, squeezing, or heaviness in the chest region which may radiate to the left arm and shoulder. Human heart receives blood supply and oxygen by three main coronary arteries and if blood clots in any one of the arteries, then the blood supply to the heart muscle will stop resulting in heart attack. This is medically known as coronary thrombosis or myocardial infarction.

It is generally believed that chest pain is the cause of thrombosis; however there are other coronary thrombosis symptoms which are prevalent but one may not experience any discomfort. One such symptom is atherosclerosis which is deposit of fat or plaques in the artery walls. Due to this condition, the arteries constrict and narrow down and lose their elasticity. This prevents the smooth blood supply to the heart. These fatty deposits can even rupture which eventually lead to heart attack. Atherosclerosis develops over a period of time and the severity of this condition varies from person to person.

Undoubtedly, the most common thrombosis symptom is chest pain but this chest pain has several characteristics like:

  • Chest pain is sharp shooting and heavy-like.
  • Chest pain is generally felt on the left side of the chest and under the breast bone.
  • Chest pain generally lasts for more than twenty minutes.
  • Chest pain may even radiate to arms shoulders, back, jaws, neck, etc.
  • Chest pain can be alleviated with rest and may trigger with exertion.

Besides chest pain there are some additional coronary thrombosis symptoms which include:

  1. Shortness of breath.
  2. Generalized fatigue.
  3. Palpitation
  4. Difficulty in breathing and swallowing
  5. Nausea and vomiting
  6. Bradycardia
  7. Headache
  8. Arrhythmia
  9. Unconsciousness
  10. Exuberant sweating
  11. Chest pain that may radiate to one arm or both and may reach upper abdominal area.
  12. Lightheadedness and dizziness.
  13. Chills and fevers.

Generally coronary thrombosis symptoms develop in people who have:

  • Family history of heart attack.
  • Have a smoking history.
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Diabetes
  • Emotional stress and anxiety
  • Anxiety disorders

The heart attack symptoms may vary in intensity. Some people may experience mild-to-moderate chest pain and some severe and still some may not experience any signs or symptoms. But, any kind of discomfort in the chest or slightest or vague pain must not be ignored. Contact your family health care provider and get yourself evaluated, diagnosed and treated for heart disease. In case of emergency when you experience sudden chest pain, you must:

  • Call for an emergency help.
  • Chew an aspirin.
  • Rest and wait peacefully for ambulance.

On arrival to the hospital, the doctor generally performs an ECG to locate the thrombosis, injury to the heart, abnormal heart beats, abnormal electrical activities of the heart, etc. Usually, doctors may prescribe thrombolytic medicines to dissolve the clot or emergency operation can be performed.

Heart attacks can be prevented by:

  1. Smoking cessation.
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Taking healthy diet.
  4. Lifestyle changes.

In a nutshell, coronary thrombosis symptoms must not be taken lightly and immediate treatment must be provided to get better results.