Many consider a heart attack to be a sudden, unannounced condition that cannot be controlled. However, contrary to this popular notion, a heart attack can at times, develop over a period of time. Hence, the condition can be easily thwarted if one comes to know and understand the various signs and symptoms that precede a heart attack. Accordingly, here are 7 symptoms that need to be taken as warning signs of a ‘soon to follow’ heart attack.
A heart attack is most often preceded by shortness of breath. In most cases, you would start breathing heavily and find it difficult to breathe with even minimal movement. Any form of walking, climbing or exercise would feel like a burden on your lungs. If the condition does not improve even after some rest, consider checking the same with a doctor immediately.
This is the most common symptom one would experience right before a heart attack. Your chest will start feeling uncomfortably heavy. In some cases, it would feel like a burning sensation in and around the chest. If these symptoms occur frequently, you need to have them checked out by a doctor right away. Do not wait for the condition to improve automatically as it won’t.
If you complain of giddiness and nausea frequently, chances are you may be about to suffer from a heart attack. While many mistake these symptoms for tiredness, the truth is that persistent giddiness and nausea can also be caused by the arteries blocking up. So don’t take these signs for granted and opt for a medical check-up immediately.
Sweating in the summer is considered ok. But if you continue to sweat excessively in cooler conditions as well, chances are your heart is under pressure and may face an attack in the near future. Consult a doctor immediately if you start sweating profusely in spite of the cool weather outside.
Unresponsiveness and Numbness
A heart attack is usually characterised by numbness and unresponsiveness that develop over certain areas of the body. These signs are usually felt in and around the arms, shoulders and the back of the neck. If you notice your arms becoming numb followed by a drifting sensation (to the sides) all of a sudden, contact a doctor immediately.
If you constantly notice your speech slurring, chances are you might be about to get a massive heart attack. One of the main symptoms of a heart attack is slurred speech where the individual’s speech becomes incoherent. In this case, ask your friend for help in checking your speech. Contact the doctor immediately if you (or your friend) notices you speech slurring on more than one occasion.