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Recognize A Heart Attack: 7 Early Warning Signs You Need To Know

Most of us think heart attacks are sudden, but there are numerous symptoms that often go unnoticed that are possible indicators — if you know what to watch for. According to a recent Harvard study, only 25 percent of heart attack victims had no prior symptoms. The problem is, these danger signs aren’t necessarily the symptoms you’ve been warned about. Here are seven early warning signs that could save a life — yours or that of someone you love. Although these symptoms may also be caused by problems other than an impending heart attack, if you notice them occurring, be sure to promptly contact a medical provider.

  1. Rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat. Call the doctor right away.
  1. Nausea, stomach ache, and indigestion. If your nausea symptoms are definitely being brought on by physical activity, don’t delay in contacting your doctor, and ask about being evaluated for angina and coronary artery disease.
  1. Extreme fatigue. Call your doctor and schedule a checkup. Be sure to mention the connection with exertion.
  1. Anxiety attacks and insomnia. Ask yourself whether the anxiety is related to recent events or triggers, or whether it seems abnormal in proportion to life events.
  1. Pain in the shoulder, neck, jaw, or arm. Pain that doesn’t go away after several days merits a medical checkup. If the pain seems to move or radiate upward and out, this is important to tell your doctor.
  1. Breathlessness, dizziness, or a feeling of being unable to draw a deep breath. Shortness of breath can indicate a problem with the lungs, the heart, or both, so this symptom is always a reason to call the doctor.
  1. Unusual, excessive sweating. If symptoms persist and seem unusual, call your doctor to talk through your concerns.

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2 Comments on "Recognize A Heart Attack: 7 Early Warning Signs You Need To Know"

  1. William Moyer | April 10, 2016 at 8:34 pm | Reply

    Your 7 early signs did not include pain in the center of the chest. I am a 70 yr old
    lifetime athlete. Two months after running my 2nd marathon at age 69, I had
    unexplained chest pain while training. Had a catheterization and found 90% blockage
    of my coronary artery. A stent was inserted.
    Your readers should know that even if they follow all of the guidelines, a family history of coronary artery disease can be THE major factor in causing a heart attack.
    Also, the article did not mention that 20% of people have serious side effects from
    statins which I did. However, by starting with a low doseage for a few weeks and
    then slowly increasing the doseage over time, I was able to get to a level that
    considerably lowered my LDL levels.
    Happily I am now back running, biking, and swimming.

    • VItal Magazine | April 10, 2016 at 8:36 pm | Reply

      Thank you, William, for sharing your story! And continued success in your athletic, and all, endeavors!

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