Share To Save Life: 10 Early Warnings Of Heart Attack

Heart attacks begin much earlier than when your loved one collapses in front of you.  Yet most people are not aware of these early warnings. The body is signaling – a heart attack is coming! – and once we learn how to listen to it, we can treat it early.

Heart Attack – This Short List Can Save A Life

This is important enough. We created a short list of early warnings, one page only, excluding any long explanations or numerous clicks. Read this list, get to know it for your own sake, and then be sure to share it with your loved ones. You can save a life!

Heart Attack Early Warnings

Heart Attack Warning #1: Chest Pain

Pain in the chest is the most known symptom of a heart attack. When someone is suffering from acute chest pain or squeezing sensation of the chest, they could already think about a heart attack. It’s almost obvious. Yet there are many other possible symptoms, some of them may appear much earlier as warnings.

Heart Attack Early Warning #2: Jaw Pain

The chest pain during a heart attack can also spread and appear as pain in the jaw area, toothache or general headache. Clearly, pain in these areas may appear in many other cases with no connection to a heart attack. Yet it’s important to know that they can also be important early warnings. Combined with another warning, this could raise a red flag – get treatment fast!

Heart Attack Early Warning #3: Shortness of breath

Gasping for air or another type of difficultly breathing can also be an early warning sign of a heart attack. It can appear with or without chest pain, and especially if it happens together with another symptom – it can be an important early warning sign.

Heart Attack Early Warning #4: Nausea and Vomiting

This less common early symptom of a heart attack is more typical to women, yet it can occur to men as well. Patients who had suffered a heart attack sometime report that it was preceded by a feeling of indigestion or nausea together with burping or belching.

In some cases the nausea feeling in the beginning of a hear attack is followed by vomiting. Obviously, nausea and vomiting can also be symptoms of many other conditions and not every case of vomiting indicates a heart problem. And still, most people are not aware that it can be related. It’s important to listen to the body and be aware of this risk.

Heart Attack Early Warning #5: Stomach Pain

A general discomfort or even pain in the upper middle abdomen, also known as epigasric discomfort, can also be an early warning of a heart attack. Mostly this pain is not described as sharp, but rather as a heavy feeling of discomfort. It can last for several minutes with or without pain in the chest.

Heart Attack Early Warning #6: Cold Sweating

Heavy perspiration or sweat, with no clear reason like heat or exercise, can accompany the early stages of a heart attack. Most people are sadly not aware of it and can dismiss this symptom as simple cold sweat instead of listening to their body.

Heart Attack Early Warning #7: Heartburn

Some patients report that as part of the heart attack, or just before it, they felt what they identified as heartburn. This burning sensation in the chest, which in most cases is caused by acid regurgitation into the esophagus, can also be an early warning sign that calls for attention.

Heart Attack Early Warning #8: Left Arm Pain

Pain from the heart and chest area can spread to the shoulders, arms, wrists and fingers. The most common pain is in the left arm, yet it can also appear in the right arm or both. While chest pain can be vague or associated with other conditions, a pain the arm is less common. This is why it’s important to be aware of it as a warning signal to a possible heart attack.

Heart Attack Early Warning #9: Back Pain

Similarly to the spread of chest pain towards to arms, the pain can also be sensed in the back, and more specifically – the upper back, between the two shoulder blades. Since a pain in this area is not very common, it’s also important to be recognized in this short list of early symptoms of a heart attack.

Heart Attack Early Warning #10: Fatigue and General Illness

A very early symptom of an approaching heart attack can as mild as a general malaise, a vague feeling of illness or dizziness. While such a feeling can be associated with many other conditions, many patients who suffered a heart attack report in hindsight that it was there. It can be as light as lightheadedness or severe as fainting. Some patients also report severe anxiety, which makes it difficult to differentiate from a panic attack. Yet better safe than sorry, it should be noticed and counted as a warning sign.

Why Wait Until It’s Too Late?

Heart Attack Early Symptoms

I’m sure you know it. Seeking immediate medical attention upon identifying the very early symptoms of a possible heart attack is imperative. You can read more about it in the American Heart Association website. Early treatment saves lives and even a short delay can be fatal. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of the early warning signs. Click share now – you could be saving a life!