How to spot the warning signs of a heart attack

Everybody’s body is different and different things present themselves in different ways. Nothing could be truer than a heart attack. You can actually have a heart attack and experience no chest pain whatsoever. The signs just don’t show up the same for everyone, and this is especially true for women!

There are a ton of factors that can advance the conditions where a heart attack can occur: age, physical inactivity, heredity, stress, high blood pressure, drug or alcohol abuse, high cholesterol, poor diet and obesity.

While the signs might not truly be a heart attack every time, if the heart is in distress, you need to get it checked out right away.

Debilitating fatigue and shortness of breath are the ways the body informs us that it needs a break, but it can be a sign of heart distress if you are putting extra stress on your heart. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it could be a sign of something greater going on. These symptoms are much more common in women and could begin weeks or months prior to a heart attack.

Sweating more that what is normal for you, particularly if you aren’t being active or engaging in exercise, could be a warning of heart problems. If you are experiencing a blockage in any of your arteries to any degree, your heart will be putting forth a ton of extra effort and your body will sweat in an effort to keep your temperature down. Excessive sweating, cold sweat and clammy skin need a visit to your doctor’s office. Sweating at night is also a symptom for women with heart concerns.

Indigestion, heart burn and other stomach ailments can be a red flag for heart problems to come. Frequently, these issues go ignored because folks just think it’s a bit of heart burn or indigestion. Don’t ignore it if it is out of the ordinary.

Chest pains are the most common and immediately noticeable manifestation of danger. You can’t really ignore this one. Pressure or tightness in the chest is a common sign of heart attack or, at the very least, heart distress. If you are experiencing any kind of pain in your chest, call 911.

Tingling, tightness and pain can expand to other areas of the body, signaling heart distress. A very common association is pain or tingling down the left arm and sometimes up the side of the neck. Other areas of which to be aware when considering heart distress is the throat, back, shoulder or upper abdomen.

If your health care professional has prescribed medication for your heart, and you are experiencing heart distress, follow the instructions given to you for heart distress. If you are on a heart medication, be sure you have instructions and fully understand them, in the event of heart distress. Call 911.

This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such.

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