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4 Health Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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4 Health Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

When you experience pain or other health symptoms, your body may be trying to tell you something isn’t right. Although a headache can simply be a headache or heartburn can simply be the result of spicy food, sometimes ailments like those can mean more, and you shouldn’t always ignore them.

4 Health Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

The following are symptoms that you should never ignore...

  1. Sudden severe headache. If you feel a sudden “thunderclap” headache that is severe, it can actually be the sign of a brain aneurysm, which is a balloon-like area in an artery. Symptoms of dizziness and blurred vision may also accompany the headache. While bleeding in the brain isn’t common, they key is catching it immediately. Therefore, seek medical attention at the onset of such pain by calling 911.
  2. Chest pain. Experiencing chest pain that doesn’t go away, sudden shortness of breath and upper body pain like arm pain, could be a sign of a heart attack. You should call 911 immediately. Taking a baby aspirin at the onset of symptoms may be helpful in preventing a more severe outcome in the case of a heart attack.
  3. Sharp stomach pain. Often appendicitis mimics symptoms similar to a stomach virus. You may experience fever, nausea, vomiting and severe stomach pain. If appendicitis goes unchecked, the appendix can become inflamed or even burst causing dangerous health problems.

    In women, other reasons for severe stomach pain may be an ovarian cyst that has burst. Whether it’s appendicitis or an ovarian cyst, both conditions may require emergency surgery. You should seek medical attention immediately for proper diagnosis.
  4. Stroke symptoms. According the American Heart Association, the third leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the United States is stroke. Therefore, it’s vital to take the symptoms of a stroke seriously. If you or someone close to you experiences the following medical symptoms, call 911 immediately.
    • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs, which may be experienced on one side
    • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
    • Sudden blurry vision in one or both eyes
    • Sudden inability to walk and trouble with balance and coordination
    • Sudden, severe headache without explanation

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