Heart attacks are not always silent. Often, before we become aware there’s a problem there are these 7 things your body will tell you months before you have a heart attack. Listen closely…
If you live in the U.S. you probably know someone who’s had a heart attack. This is because, according to statistics, it’s the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S.
Each year, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.
Ventricular Fibrillation (“V. Fib”) is the cause of most deaths due to heart attacks because it’s an erratic heartbeat that happens before the victim can even get to an emergency room.
The good news, however, is that those who DO reach the E.R. have excellent outcomes.
The survival rate from this type of heart attack is over 90%.
According to renowned Cardiologist Zi-Jian Xu, M.D, some people notice subtle heart attack symptoms months before it actually happens.
So, here are 7 things your body will tell you months before you have a heart attack:
- Extreme fatigue that lasts for days, weeks or even months can signal heart trouble.
This isn’t simply feeling “tired” but the kind of extreme fatigue that you’d probably associate with having the flu.
A study by the National Institute Of Health reported that more than 70% of women said they’d felt extreme fatigue weeks or months before a heart attack.
Insomnia and anxiety may be caused by Heart Disease, due to a decrease in oxygen levels which may trigger agitation and anxiety.
- Two studies have found a strong association between self-reported symptoms of extreme anxiety and a risk of heart disease.
- Watch out for sleep problems or anxiety, especially if you’ve never experienced these problems before.
3. “I just can’t catch my breath!”
- When you can’t breathe deeply, you probably think the problem is your lungs. However, it can also be due to a lack of oxygen in your blood from your heart.
- You might also feel light-headed and dizzy.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that 40% of heart attack victims report shortness of breath 6 months before having a heart attack.
4. “ I feel so sweaty!”
Excessive sweating is not uncommon when the weather is hot or during heavy physical activity, in fact, it’s healthy.
However, a study published in Science Daily suggests that when people excessively perspire and begin experiencing discomfort in their chest, arm, neck or jaw with no exertion, it could be a sign of heart failure.
- Also, watch out for flu-like symptoms that can last longer than a week, or that come and go over time.
5: “Wow! My chest feels like I have a rock sitting on it, it feels heavy, it’s very uncomfortable!”
- Chest pain, a feeling of heaviness or discomfort can occur months before a heart attack happens.
This is somewhat of a “typical symptom” of a heart attack and can come and go at different times.
6: “I feel like I’m going to pass out!”
Researchers at Imperial College Of London say that feeling faint or fainting can also occur up to a month before a heart attack in some patients. You also might feel dizzy at times.
Listen To Your Body and keep a watch out for this, if the faintness can’t be linked to anything else, such as lack of water.
7. “My heart’s just jumping all over the place!”
- It often appears unexpectedly and can either be an irregular heartbeat or a fast heart rate.
The kindest thing you can do for yourself is to not ignore the messages from your body, especially from your heart. Never wait until symptoms become severe.
If you have a concern, talk to your doctor.
There are many things your heart will tell you months before you have a heart attack.
Most importantly, there’s a lot you can do and changes you can make to your lifestyle If heart disease is caught early.