Shortness of breath
Myocardial infarction is associated with a pressing sensation in the middle of the chest, and patients describe it as if something very heavy was stepping on their thorax. Thus, it makes it difficult to take a deep breath, and patients usually accelerate their respiration rate to compensate. Shortness of breath is often an accompanying symptom with tiredness and fatigue, and it is common in women than men.
The respiratory system is closely linked to the cardiovascular system because they work together to provide the rest of the body with the oxygen for living. When your heart becomes unable to pump out blood correctly, there’s insufficient circulation of blood, and you may start feeling short of breath.
Taking a loud gasp after day-to-day activities like going to pick up the mail or lifting a few stairs is not normal and should be assessed by your doctor. In most cases, it points out at a heart condition that should be addressed to avoid complications.