According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year. Some will recover, but many will be fatal. Even of those who recover, the CDC says that 210,000 of them will suffer a second heart attack.
Information is power. Knowing the early warning signs and what to do can keep you from ever suffering from the first one. The 8 symptoms below may be telling you that your heart is having trouble a month before a heart attack takes place. Please be aware that men’s and women’s symptoms are very different.
As blood circulation is restricted with a weakened heart, the brain may not be receiving the amount of oxygen it needs. You may feel constantly dizzy or light-headed, and this is a major point of concern and you should seek medical attention immediately. Usually, dizziness is often present in men who are having heart trouble.
2. Cold sweats
Following dizziness, experiencing cold sweats is another signal that your body may be under duress. Without adequate blood flow, your body may feel clammy, cold, and generally unwell. Usually, about a month before a heart attack, men may experience cold sweats.
3. Chest pain
If you are experiencing chest pain, or pain in other areas of your body such as arms, back, and shoulders, you’ll want to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Chest pain and chest tightness are key symptoms to acknowledge in order to prevent a life-threatening heart attack.
4. Muscle weakness
This is another sign which shows that in near future you might experience a heart attack. When your arteries become narrow they don’t allow the blood to circulate properly which means that the muscles are not getting what they need, and this could cause you to fall. Men may experience muscle weakness while women may have a heaviness or weakness in their arms.
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. Long lasting cold symptoms
Having cold symptoms that won’t appear to go away could be an indication of heart failure. As the heart struggles to supply the body with blood, blood can leak over into the lungs. Pay consideration on white or pink bodily fluid with your cough which could be a result of blood leakage.
7. Stomach trouble
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.
8.Shortness of breath
Another major sign of an impending heart attack is shortness of breath. The heart and lungs work in unison, so as the heart begins to work poorly, the lungs don’t get the amount of oxygen that they need. This causes difficulty breathing and needs to be treated immediately.
These symptoms may occur up to a month in advance so it is important to be aware of them at all times. If you feel any or a combination of these symptoms please seek medical attention quickly. Take charge of your health and protect yourself as best as you can.