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How to Recognize a Heart Attack Before it Happens

Heart disease or heart attacks account for 25% of deaths in the United States. 

That‘s 1 in 4 people. Knowing the signs will not only protect you and your family but your friends as well.

The most obvious signs of a heart attack are a discomfort in the chest that doesn’t go away, unconsciousness, and abnormal pulse or breathing. Some symptoms however can show about a month before a serious heart attack takes place. 

Being aware of these signs and knowing what they mean could save a life.

Here are 10 signs a person may have a heart attack in the near future:

1. Chest Pain and/or Discomfort – If you feel pressure, squeezing, or fullness that typically lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and returns, contact the emergency services immediately as this is the most common heart attack symptom.

2. Headache, Jaw Pain, or Toothache – Heart attack pain can easily spread to the jaw, head and back. Some people have reported tooth pain and headaches when experiencing a heart attack. 

These symptoms can even occur without chest pain.

3. Shortness of Breath – Gasping for air or having problems inhaling and exhaling is another common sign of a heart attack. It can happen before a heart attack or during.

4. Nausea – Nausea, belching, or indigestion are less common signs of a heart attack. However, these symptoms are more likely to be reported by women than men and are no less important.

5. Vomiting – The pain of the heart attack is so severe that some people vomit. If you or somebody else are unable to keep down their food for no apparent reason, that may be a warning sign.

6. Sweating – Cold sweats and excessive sweating can often accompany a heart attack. The body is working overtime to balance itself.

7. Heartburn – Do not mistake heart attacks for heartburn a common mistake among doctors as well. Heartburn that has appeared suddenly, and won’t go away, should be checked out.

8. Arm Pain – People who experience a heart attack often feel pain that radiates down the left arm. However, it isn’t uncommon to feel pain in the right arm as well. 

Radiating arm pain that won’t go away needs to be checked out.

9. Upper Back Pain – Heart attack pain can very easily feel like pain in the upper back or shoulder area. Consistent pain that won’t go away could be a cause for concern.

10. Feeling Off – One of the earliest signs of a heart attack is a general feeling of unease. 

People describe this as fatigue or lightheadedness that may or may not accompany fainting. Some people experience anxiety or even a panic attack.

Unfortunately, heart attacks are considered a man’s problem. However, when a woman suffers a heart attack, she is more likely than a man to die, be permanently disabled, or have a second attack within a year.

According to research:

“..95 percent of the women suspected something was wrong in the months before their attack. But that didn’t necessarily send them to the doctor. And for those who did seek help, doctors often failed to identify the problems as heart-related.”

This is why education and understanding the signs are both so important. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the signs above, it is important to see a healthcare professional. Do not be afraid to state that you may be experiencing heart problems. It could save your life!

These are the signs you need to look out for:


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