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While there are many things we are told are killing us, the number one killer isn’t one that you will see on the news networks. Nope, the number one killer of Americans, is heart disease and strokes. Not cancer, not gun violence or car crashes. It is the number one killer across the entire world. Thankfully, a lot of research has gone into what causes heart attacks such as insufficient blood supply or a blockage of a coronary artery.
It is estimated that as many as 700,000 people will suffer from a heart attack each year and over 100,000 of those will not survive them. The data can be grim too, with a strikingly high number of cardiovascular diseases showing up in recent years. However we also know several key symptoms that an individual will most likely experience well before a life threatening heart attack.
That means that if you pay attention to these 8 crucial symptoms you may be able to catch a heart attack up to a month before it happens, giving you the necessary time to improve your survival rate.
Note: When considering whether you may be at risk of a heart attack, always consult your doctor first for their professional opinion.
1. Unusual Body Weakness
About a month prior to a heart attack, the body will begin to show signs of a lack of blood flow. Typically this will show itself as unusual body weakness. This is caused by narrowing of the arteries which can cause weakened muscles. This should be a red flag as it can help anticipate a heart attack before it happens.
Dizziness is a symptom of something bad almost always. If there is a lack of blood flow throughout the body, you may find yourself feeling dizzy. This is because the lack of proper circulation can mean the brain isn’t getting enough blood flow and the end result is you will find yourself fighting uncomfortable dizzy spells.
3. Cold Sweats
After dizziness, experiencing cold sweats is another symptom that your body may not be operating at full capacity. Without enough blood flow you may find yourself feel clammy, cold and generally unwell.
4. Chest Pain
If you find yourself dealing with cheat pain, or pain in other areas of your body such as your arms, back or even your shoulders you should immediately seek medical attention as soon as possible. Chest pain and chest tightness are key symptoms you should acknowledge in order to prevent a life threatening heart attack.
5. Flu Symptoms
Many victims of heart attacks have reported feeling under the weather a month before their heart attack. If you find yourself having symptoms like a cold or a flu and there doesn’t seem to be a reason, it may be worth looking into.
Along with your body feeling very weak, you may find yourself struggling with a wave of constant fatigue. This is because your body is still lacking in blood supply and in order to make up for this, it is working a lot harder to generate enough blood flow to just work.
7. Shortness of Breath
Another key symptom to note when considering whether you may be at risk of an upcoming heart attack is whether you have a shortness of breath. As with any other muscle or organ in your body, your lungs require not only oxygen but also adequate blood flow to work optimally. If your heart is distressed and blood flow is impacted, your lungs and thus your breathing will also be worse off.
8. Other Vital Signs
Be sure to pay attention to any nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain when questioning whether you may be at risk for an upcoming heart attack. Never diagnose yourself and always consult a medical doctor!