A heart attack hits out of the blue, attacking your body all of a sudden, right? Well, not quite. A month before you’re likely to have a heart attack, your body often gives you several warnings.
If you have any of these 8 symptoms, beware! It could be your body trying to warn you.A little extra precaution may help prevent a heart attack and help you avoid spending precious time and money in a hospital.
#7 Excessive sweating
Women are more likely to suffer from this condition and may mistake this sign for the hot flashes or night sweats associated with menopause. It can occur at any time of the day. Women might sweat even without physical exertion and without being exposed to any temperature change. Hands may feel clammy and you may awaken to damp sheets in the morning from sweating at night.
#6 Irregular heartbeat
More commonly known as arrhythmias, an irregular heartbeat is more likely to occur in women. It tends to be accompanied by an anxiety or panic attack. This symptom can take two forms: either arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or tachycardia (increased heart rate).
Increased heart rate may be the result of physical exercises. Irregular heartbeats should not be ignored, especially when they don’t go away within a minute or two and result in extreme fatigue and dizziness.
#5 Hair loss
Baldness is associated with increased levels of cortisol, which indicate high stress levels. Although some women may get hair loss, it’s more common among men over the age of 50 and is an early warning sign of possible heart disease. Men should notice hair loss from the crown of their head and pay attention to it.
#4 Shortness of breath
The feeling of being unable to draw a deep breath is known as shortness of breath. 40% of heart attack cases had experienced shortness of breath as an early warning sign. Medically referred to as dyspnea, it can occur in both men and women as early as six months prior to a heart attack.
Another clear sign of a heart attack is insomnia. This occurs in 50% of women that experience a heart attack and it can also be related to a stroke. During bouts of insomnia, the affected person is absent-minded and anxious. Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up very early in the morning.
#2 Abdominal pain
Abdominal pain occurs in 50% of heart attack patients. This can occur in both men and women alike. The patient might feel bloated, nauseous with either empty or full stomach, or might even have an upset stomach.
Abdominal pains before a heart attack come and go in short episodes. If the patient is stressed, it aggravates the pain.
Other factors to watch out for
Obesity, a lack of physical exercise, and smoking all significantly increase a person’s risk. However, there are some other indicators that might tip you off and help prevent a heart attack.
– Earlobe crease (presence of an earlobe crease that lies diagonally from the ear canal)
– Yellow patches on the inside corners of the eyelids
– Soreness in the calf muscles after walking
– Ear canal hair among men
– Early hair graying among men