The Fan favorite creator and creator of the reality based show of AMC’s ‘Comic Book Men‘, Kevin Smith, revealed to fans via social media that he had suffered a massive heart attack, coming close to actually dying. But for the fact that he cancelled his second comedy show of the evening in order to go to a hospital in order to seek treatment, Kevin Smith would not be with us today.
“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”). If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!” (Via Smith’s Twitter account)
The 47 year old movie and reality television creator, producer, comic, and writer, is a prime example of how even young and seemingly healthy men (and women) can be at risk for heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks. Had the star brushed off his symptoms and performed as he was scheduled, he would not be with us today.
SciFiPulse wishes Kevin a speedy recovery and looks forward to more of his work for a long time to come!!!
In honor of Kevin Smith’s surviving his heart attack, here are ten signs that you might be having a heart attack. Every year over 3 million individuals are diagnosed with heart attacks in the United States. Education and prevention can also be vital to fighting heart attacks, so knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack can save your life.
Like Kevin Smith, seeking immediate treatment will greatly increase the chances of surviving a heart attack. Unlike Kevin Smith, those people who don’t realize that they are experiencing a heart attack might very well wait too long before seeking help. Had Kevin Smith not acted in a smart and proactive manner after his first comedy show on Sunday night, we might very well have been mourning the passing of one hell of a creative mind and entertainer!
Here are ten signs that people should be on the look out for if they think they might be experiencing a heart attack:
1. Chest Pain:
Feeling awkward pressure, squeezing, or pain in the chest area might be a sign that your heart could be at resk of having a attack.
2. Upper Body discomfort
Sometimes pain or discomfort that comes along with have a heart attack isn’t only felt in the chest area. Individuals may experience back or even jaw pain, which also often times is felt by women.
3. Shortness of Breath
Sometimes shortness of breath can be a sign of a heart attack as the heart pumps our body’s blood, which is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body, and being unable to take deep breaths could be a signal that you are have a heart problem.
4. Cold Sweat and Anxiety
Some individuals will find themselves sweating, which can sometimes be associated with having a heart attack.
Even though nausea can associated with many different health issues, nausea is sometimes associated with heart attacks, especially if they are accompanied by other symptoms that an individual may be experiencing an attack.
Indigestion is also recognized as a common symptom of a heart attack, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms of a heart attack.
If your body is experiencing a heart problems, sometimes the blood flowing to the heart will become restricted, which will in turn restrict the oxygen your body will receive. This may then lead to feelings of extreme fatigue, which may be a sign of a future or pending heart attack.
With some people, dizziness is might be the first sign of a heart attack, as blood flow to the brain may be restricted.
9. Flu-Like Symptoms
In some cases, heart attacks may also cause flu-like symptoms when felt in conjunctions with other related symptoms of a heart attack.
10. Racing Heart
Some people about to have a heart attack may experience heart palpitations, which is sometimes referred to as a “racing” heart. This is because the heart begins to beating faster in an attempt to compensate for the heart’s loss of capacity to pump blood properly.
So be smart like Kevin Smith and be sure to seek out appropriate medical attention in a timely manner if you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack!