12Heart attacks are the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States and oftentimes people miss the warning signs of a heart attack until it is too late. Knowing the signs of an oncoming heart attack can help you and those around you to be better prepared to help you reduce the likelihood of death or severe health issues, so pay attention to these 4 warning signs for a heart attack and spread the word.
Constant Exhaustion & Fatigue
Sure exhaustion and fatigue is your body’s way of telling you that you need a little rest, but it can also be a sign that your heart is overworked as well. If you constantly wake up exhausted, fight off fatigue throughout the day or have shortness of breath even in less strenuous moments, your body might be indicating that it is having heart trouble. When this happens check with your doctor to see if you are at risk for a heart attack or other health issues.
Yeah, we all sweat from time to time, but if you are sweating day and night, even in moments where you aren’t exercising or in a overly heated area, it could be a warning sign for a heart attack in the making. When your heart is overworked and unhealthy it requires more work to get the blood pumping through the heart and through the rest of the body, thereby making you sweat excessively even in moments where you are just sitting down. If you are dealing with cold sweats or clammy, sweaty skin consult with your doctor as soon as you can.
One warning sign for a heart attack that can oftentimes be overlooked is an upset stomach by way of nausea, vomiting and indigestion. All too often people relate heart trouble with pain in the chest, but gastrointestinal problems are a precursor to a heart attack as the body overworks itself to keep functioning, causing problems in the stomach that may be overlooked as just heartburn or simple indigestion.
Pain & Discomfort (Especially in the Chest Area)
Most of us know that pain, pressure and discomfort in the chest area are one of the leading warning signs of a heart attack, but it is always good to go over the basics. Even though chest pain or discomfort isn’t always seen in people who have a heart attack, it is one of the most straightforward signs of a heart attack. Chest tightness (or the feeling of having an “elephant” sitting on your chest) is a common sign of heart trouble, so seek help immediately if this occurs.