Heart attacks are now the number one cause of death in the United States. The stress of modern life and the proliferation of processed food are certainly primary contributing factors. Adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle can certainly help protect you, but it also useful to be aware of heart attack symptoms before one occurs.
Most people don’t realize your body gives you warning signs in advance of a heart attack. Here are six symptoms that may happen within the six week period prior to a cardiovascular event. Treat these as red flags:
When your arteries become occluded, your heart receives less blood than it needs for optimal performance. Consequently, your heart must work a lot harder than normal. The result is a very tired, drowsy feeling most of the time.
2. Shortness of Breath
When your heart gets less blood, your lungs will not get adequate oxygen. The cardiovascular and pulmonary systems are dependent upon one another. If you experience trouble breathing, consult your doctor immediately, as it could be a sign a heart attack is imminent.
Sudden weakness may indicate your arteries have narrowed, not allowing your blood to circulate and nourish every part of your body adequately. Because of this, your muscles weaken and you can even fall with no apparent reason. Again, check with your doctor immediately.
4. Dizziness and cold sweats
When blood flow to your brain becomes restricted, your life is in danger. The first signs are dizziness and clamminess. Do not ignore these symptoms.
5. Chest pressure
Increasing discomfort in your chest, whether it is minor pain or a building pressure, is a strong warning sign. The discomfort will continue to increase until the heart attack happens.
6. Flu or cold symptoms
This warning sign is more difficult to identify, as most people are used to the occasional cold. However, many people experience flu and cold symptoms just a few days before a heart attack. If you have these symptoms, particularly in conjunction with the symptoms above, contact your doctor.
In general, stay alert to the possibility that these symptoms may be warning signs a heart attack is on the way. If you or anyone you know has these symptoms, see a doctor soon. Identifying the onset of a cardiovascular event in advance is the best way to protect your heart.