I recently heard that a friend died of a heart attack. I was quite shocked because he was just 36. The incident made me realize t hat we all need to take good care of our heart. The question is what possible signs tell us we are going to have a heart attack?
If something went wrong with your heart, will you know it?
Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor like you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on.
If you notice any of the following signs, or you are not sure of the condition of your heart, see a doctor.
That’s especially true if you are 60 or older, are overweight, or have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure
1. Chest discomfort
But then, this is your body warning you that a heart attack is imminent. It is now left for you to take action.
Everyone has a different word for that feeling. Some people say it’s like an elephant is sitting on them. Other people say it’s like a pinching or burning. The feeling usually lasts longer than a few minutes. It may happen when you’re at rest or when you’re doing something physical.
2. Nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or stomach pain
Some people have these symptoms during a heart attack. They may even vomit. Women are more likely to report this type of symptom than men are.
Of course, you can have an upset stomach for many reasons that have nothing to do with your heart. It could just be something you ate, after all. But you need to be aware that it can also happen during a heart attack. So if you feel this way and you’re at risk for heart problems, let a doctor find out what’s going on, especially if you also have any of the other symptoms on this list.
3. Difficult breathing
This goes hand in hand with the chest pain. A typical symptom of a full-blown heart attack is difficulty in breathing as any in-drawn breath causes serious pain.
When you find yourself taking in short, fast breaths at any time, especially after you’d felt pains or pressure in and around your chest, it a sign you would soon have a heart attack. The symptom would most likely disappear with the disappearance of the chest pain, it is best not to ignore it. Again seeing a heart specialist is your best bet.
4. You feel dizzy or lightheaded
A lot of things can make you lose your balance or feel faint for a moment. Maybe you didn’t have enough to eat or drink, or you stood up too fast.
But if you suddenly feel unsteady and you also have chest discomfort or shortness of breath, call a doctor right away.
5. You get exhausted easily
If you suddenly feel fatigued or winded after doing something you had no problem doing in the past — like climbing the stairs or carrying groceries from the car — make an appointment with your doctor right away.
Someone on the verge of a heart attack would notice they easily get exhausted after doing a minor, mundane chore, that on normal occasions, wouldn’t be a problem.
6. A cough and cold that won’t stop
In most cases, this isn’t a sign of he
Again, cold symptoms and flu indicate the onset of a heart attack if you have experienced all the other signs above. But if you have heart disease or know you’re at risk, pay special attention to the possibility.
If you have a long-lasting cough that produces white or pink mucus, it could be a sign of heart failure. This happens when the heart can’t keep up with the body’s demands, causing blood to leak back into the lungs.
Ask your doctor to check on what’s causing your cough.
7. Your legs, feet, and ankles are swollen
When the heart can’t pump fast enough, blood backs up in the veins and causes bloating.
Heart failure can also make it harder for the kidneys to remove extra water and sodium from the body, which can lead to bloating.
8. Irregular heart beat
But if you feel like your heart is beating out of time for more than just a few seconds, or if it happens often, tell your doctor.
In most cases, it’s caused by something that’s easy to fix, like too much caffeine or not enough sleep. But occasionally, it could signal a condition called atrial fibrillation that needs treatment. So ask your doctor to check it out.