Did you know that complications from heart disease and strokes are the number one leading cause of death around the world today?
That’s amazing right? What’s more amazing is that most of those deaths are people who suffer a heart attack, either for the first time or from a recurrence.
We’ve all heard of a heart attack, but what some people don’t realize is that they’re the result of an insufficient blood supply around the body, which is caused by the blockage of a coronary artery.
It’s difficult to tell what’s going on inside somebody’s arteries, so there’s no telling when a person will have a heart attack. Right?
Well, not quite. No one knows a body like you know your own, so it’s important to be on the lookout for telltale signs that something is wrong.
Here are some key symptoms which may occur up to a month before a heart attack. This information just might save your life from one of the world’s biggest killers!
1. Weakness all over your body
About a month before a heart attack, a lot of sufferers recall noticing themselves feeling weak and under the weather. Unusual body weakness is a key symptom of an impending heart attack, and it’s caused by the lack of blood flow and circulation.
This happens due to the narrowing of arteries, so your muscles aren’t getting their proper oxygen supply and feel far weaker. It’s definitely a red flag when it comes to anticipating heart attacks, and something you should definitely consult a doctor about.
2. Dizziness or light headedness
This is caused by a lack of proper blood flow to your brain, throwing off your sense of balance. So when it comes to diagnosing a lack of blood flow in your body, dizziness is another symptom that should be taken seriously.
A lack of proper circulation affects the blood flow to the brain just as much as to the rest of your body, and it’s this that results in uncomfortable dizzy spells.
3. Cold sweats
When you’re not getting adequate blood flow all over your body, you’ll start to feel clammy, cold, and generally unwell.
Following dizziness, experiencing cold sweats is another signal that your heart might not be functioning well. If you’re getting them, and particularly if they keep getting worse, it’s time to see a doctor.
4. Chest pain
It sounds obvious, but if you experience either chest pain, or pain in other areas of your body such as your arms, back, and shoulders, it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.
Chest pain and chest tightness are probably some of the most well know symptoms of a heart attack, but they can occur on a low level about a month before this happens. So if you notice yourself experiencing this, consider seeking medical attention as soon as you can.
5. Feeling like you have a cold or flu
While it may sound strange, many heart attacks victims experience cold or flu symptoms a month prior to being taken ill.
Obviously colds and flus happen all the time, and you may just have caught a bug from somewhere. But if you’re feeling generally run down, and your symptoms show no sign of improving, speak to your doctor to ensure nothing more serious is going on.
6. Constant fatigue
Aside from overall body weakness, a constant feeling of fatigue is another strong indicator that your body is experiencing a lack of blood supply.
People who are susceptible to a heart attack report feeling an experience of discomfort, because their body has exerted itself too much. Due to the fact that their body is working a lot harder to generate sufficient blood flow, they feel fatigued. If you do too, it could be an indicator that something is wrong.
7. Shortness of breath
This is another key symptom in predicting a possible oncoming heart attack. Every single muscle in your body requires oxygen and adequate blood flow to function properly, and even though they’re not a muscle, your lungs are no different.
When your heart isn’t performing well, your lungs will naturally be affected. Typically one of the first signs they will show is through difficulty breathing, meaning you’ll feel generally breathless.
8. Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
Of course all of these symptoms may be down to something else entirely. We all get a spell of indigestion from time to time, and nausea can have many explanations. But if you experience some of these symptoms consistently, especially alongside others in this list that we’ve already looked at, then you may wish you get yourself medically checked out.
What have you got to lose by getting checked by a doctor? You could potentially avoid a long spell in hospital or even save your own life! Let us know what you think of these tips with a COMMENT, and don’t forget to SHARE this article to spread awareness.