Signs of Heart Distress or Heart Attack

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Often the burden of caregiving falls on the adult child or children. Both the caregiver and elderly care recipient are at increased risk of heart distress.

If you are the primary caregiver for a family member, there are some symptoms to watch for in yourself as well as your elderly loved one:

  • Tight chest pain in the center of the chest
  • Upper body pain
  • Indigestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweats
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Increased heart rate with no cause


If these symptoms continue for five minutes or more, then it is very important to contact emergency assistance. Call 9-1-1 if you notice these symptoms and get the appropriate help. It is important for you to take care of yourself as well as your loved one.

Assistance from a professional care provider can ease your stress, improving your health as well as providing optimal care for your loved one. At Your Side caregivers have extensive training in many conditions affecting the elderly. We can help you care of your loved one, so that you can take care of yourself as well.