HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE IGNORING
Being vigilant and observant about the warning your body sends to your brain is very important. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in both men and women worldwide. Contrast to what you may see in a movie, the signs of a heart attack can be hard to miss. “Two-thirds of women will have less-typical, ‘Movie-like’ heart attack symptoms.
Though symptoms like chest tightness and upper body pain are more obvious, heart attacks present a host of symptoms that can be easily mistaken for another ailment (think nausea, heartburn, and fatigue). Identifying the signs of a heart attack and seeking early intervention can be the difference between life or death.
Here are the most common symptoms to look out for:
Shortness of breath
Walking up the stairs used to be a breeze, but if you recently have been finding it harder and harder to make the climb, seek medical attention immediately. Even though this doesn’t necessarily mean you’re about to have a heart attack at this moment, it could be a sign that your heart is in danger. This might come with or without chest pain.
Unless you’re going through menopause or have just exercised, breaking out into a cold sweat or perspiring excessively could signal a heart attack. During a heart attack, your nervous system activates a “fight or flight” response that puts you in survival mode and could lead to sweating.
Many things can make you dizzy: not drinking enough water, skipping lunch, or standing up too fast. But dizziness or lightheadedness coupled with chest pain and shortness of breath may signify a decrease in blood volume and a drop in blood pressure, which means a heart attack could be on its way.
One of the very first symptoms of a heart attack is “uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the centre of your chest.” This discomfort may come in waves lasting more than a few minutes at a time.