It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. This rule affects every illness, and it is very important especially when there is no precise acknowledgment of the symptoms.
In this article, you are going to read about some symptoms that people ignore, but may indicate the possibility of getting a heart attack. It is good to be aware of your health. By knowing these symptoms, you will be able to take care of yourself. Check them out!
1. Cold sweats and dizziness
When your body has poor blood circulation, your brain will not receive the proper blood flow that it needs to function properly. This is a sign that you may be in some danger. You should seek medical attention if the cold sweats and dizziness do not subside.
2. Chest pressure
This is one of the most noticeable heart attack signals. It’s called angina. This is caused when your heart is not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Numerous people ignore this symptom because they think it’s just indigestion. But if the pressure is constant, it’s a direct sign that a heart attack may happen.
3. Feeling weak
If you start to sweat and feel weak or start experiencing nausea and jaw pain, you might be in danger of having a heart attack. These symptoms occur because your arteries are starting to narrow. When your arteries become narrow, there is no longer proper blood flow throughout the body. If your heart does not get sufficient, blood, it will fail.
4. Flu-like symptoms
If you are in danger of having a heart attack, you may begin to develop flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include fatigue, fever, and chest pain. These symptoms can last between 2 to 10 days. Depending on your age, if you’re an older individual and can’t shake these symptoms, go see your doctor immediately. Let me be clear though; if you get the flu or a cold, it does not mean you are in danger of having a heart attack, but the symptoms need to be monitored.
5. Unusual fatigue
A sudden feeling of fatigue for no reason could be a sign that a heart attack is incoming. The heart has to work harder as arteries begin to close, and can make simple tasks feel exhausting. Women may suffer from unusual fatigue, insomnia or unusual disturbances in their sleep patterns.
6. Shortness of breath
Another organ that suffers from loss of blood flow, is the lung. If your lungs do not get enough blood, you will not be able to breathe enough air. If you don’t breathe enough air, your brain will not be able to receive enough oxygen. Not breathing enough air will result in shortness of breath.
Insomnia happens more often in women than in men. It is associated with a risk of a heart attack or stroke. It is followed by anxiety and forgetfulness. The symptoms are trouble maintaining sleep, trouble falling asleep, waking up early, and feeling nauseous and nervous.
Arrhythmia means missed heartbeat, and it is followed by panic attacks and anxiety. Usually, it happens among women. It occurs unpredictably, and it may be irregular heartbeat, or increased heart rate (tachycardia). Your heart rate may be increased by physical training as well, especially in cases with atherosclerosis condition. This irregularity of the heartbeat stays for a minute or two. If it lasts longer, you may experience dizziness as well as extreme fatigue, and you need to immediately call your doctor.
9. Stomach pain
Sometimes, the pain caused by a heart attack is described as stomach pain, pain in the middle of the upper abdomen, stomach nausea, feeling bloated, or having an upset stomach – these are all common signs. Women may suffer from indigestion or a loss of appetite, while man may have problems with nausea.
What are the risk factors?
As you know smoking, lack of physical activity and obesity are most common risk factors. However, there are several factors that people do not usually notice, but they are important in maintaining your health and avoiding a heart attack.
- Men may experience hair growth in the ear canal.
- When walking, you experience light tenderness in the calf muscles.
- The inner corner of your eye has yellow patches.
- Earlobe Crease
What should you do?
If you experience these symptoms, doctors say that you need to be checked immediately. You need to call 9-1-1 even if you are not sure, but you are experiencing the heart attack symptoms.
Medications can help you out by restoring the circulation to the heart and giving you a higher chance of surviving. All in all, if you want to prevent a heart attack, you need to be responsible for your health. Now you know the symptoms, you need to be cautious.
You should not smoke and do not expose yourself to second-hand smoke. Make sure to eat healthy foods, monitor your cholesterol, exercise regularly, and lower stress. Your life is in your own hands. Do as much as you can to be healthy!