Heart attacks are more preventable than expected when you know what to look for, and health awareness in the form of warning signs from your body may save your life. Being aware of the risk factors is especially important. If you notice earlobe creasing, yellow patches on the inside corners of your eyelids, tender soreness in your calf muscles when walking, or ear canal hair and premature gray hair in men, you may be at risk for a heart attack. These additional eight critical symptoms may occur one month or even earlier leading up to a heart attack and are your body’s way of warning you.
Abnormal fatigue is one symptom your body may be alerting you with before a heart attack and may occur in men and 70% of women. Physical and mental exertion will not be the cause of the fatigue, and it will seem to intensify throughout the day. This symptom is not easily ignored; it may manifest in ways that overcomplicate your daily tasks such as taking showers or tiding up the kitchen.
7. Abdominal Pain
In 50% of cases, abdominal pain was reported as a warning sign of an impending heart attack. Bloat, discomfort, or feeling nauseous are all of the most common types of abdominal pain related to heart attacks. They may even appear in episodes, which rise for short intervals and fall again throughout the day and may worsen with physical stress.
An important symptom more common among women, with 50% suffering from this indicator, is insomnia, which also may forewarn you of a heart attack. If you experience difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, or waking up earlier than usual, you may be experiencing the early heart-attack symptom of insomnia.
5.Shortness Of Breath
In 40% of cases, both men and women may experience dyspnea, the symptom that refers to the feeling of being unable to take a deep breath or breathlessness. Shortness of breath, sometimes accompanied by dizziness may be your body’s way of alerting you that you are at risk for a heart attack.
4. Hair Loss
Men over 50 are especially at risk of this symptom, but it can be an easily-seen visible indicator of heart disease that even women may be at risk for and should not ignore. Excess levels of cortisol hormones may manifest in baldness or hair loss at the crown of your head.
3. Irregular Heartbeat
Despite any type of external stimuli such as exercise, you may experience different expressions of increased heart rate, known as tachycardia, or irregular heartbeats, known as arrhythmia. This symptom, particularly in women, is often in conjunction with anxiety or panic attacks.
Abnormal or uncontrolled sweating at any time of day, but more commonly at night, is an important indicator of an impending heart attack. If you notice yourself sweating no matter what temperature you are exposed to, you may be at risk. Excessive perspiration is more commonly seen in women and is easily mistaken for menopausal or flu symptoms.
1. Chest Pains
Chest pains may occur in different forms, but in particular, men must pay close attention to this early warning sign, as it only occurs in 30% of women. Squeezing or pressing chest pains, as well as feeling of burns or stabs in the chest can create abnormally intense pains that may also extend to one or both of your arms, more often the left.