The entire notion of a heart attack can be terrifying. While there are things you can do to prevent heart attacks, no one is completely exempt from the risk. In fact, it is possible to have a heart attack without even knowing it. 45% of heart attacks are known as silent heart attacks, or more officially, silent myocardial infarction (SMI).
Whether the heart attack be obvious or a bit more silent, signs that a heart attack may be coming or have happened include:
- Discomfort in the chest that lasts for several minutes – feels like a squeezing, uncomfortable pressure, or pain
- Discomfort in the areas of the upper body including the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
- Feelings of nausea
- Breaking out in a cold sweat or feeling lightheaded
- Chest discomfort including shortness of breath
Job Stress Can Increase Your Risk Of A Heart Attack
On-the-job stress can increase your chances of having a heart attack. Certain physical activities can create a shock to the system that is too much for the heart to handle, causing it to go into an attack. In other cases, certain emotional and psychological factors can raise stress to dangerous levels where a heart attack is more likely to occur.
If you are experiencing any of these feelings, your on-the-job stress is likely at an unhealthy level.
- Heart feels like it is racing, your palms are sweaty, and your blood pressure has increased above its normal levels
- You feel more tired and cranky than usual, and you are feeling short with family and friends
- You are not sleeping well and struggling to concentrate
- You are more susceptible to illness, and when you get a cold, it lingers
- You find yourself reaching for comfort food or alcohol as a way to self-medicate
If you feel that your stress level is higher than it should be, or if you are curious as to your risk of a heart attack, it is best to seek medical guidance without further delay. You may also want to take a heart disease risk assessment leveraging information from your recent appointment with your physician. If you don’t know the information to complete the assessment, make sure your doctor checks those items for you.
Heart Attacks Can Be Work-Related
If you believe that your heart attack was work-related, you must take the following steps. But first, ensure that you seek appropriate medical attention. Delaying medical attention and treatment can worsen the after-effects of your heart attack and can create additional risks for you in the future.
When you file your claim for workers’ compensation, you will need to be able to establish that your heart attack was indeed work-related. Both the insurance company and your company’s legal firm will be looking at your diet and other mitigating factors that could have been the culprit that led to the heart attack.
Therefore, after you have sought initial medical care, you will want to secure an attorney that specializes in related workers’ compensation cases. Heart attack-related cases will require specialized medical experts to link the injury directly to your job. An experienced law firm will conduct thorough investigations and will work with you to gather all supporting evidence and facts to prove that your injuries were directly related to your employment.