The American Heart and Stroke Association have said that heart disease and strokes are the number one cause of death across the globe. Heart attacks are a result of insufficient blood supply and/or the blockage of a coronary artery.
Out of the over 700,000 people who suffer from heart attacks each year, 100,000 do not recuperate.
There are a number of key symptoms a person will more than likely experience in the build up to a life-threatening heart attack. Being aware of these symptoms and properly acknowledging them if/when they occur, could potentially save your life.
Here are 8 symptoms that may occur up to a month before a heart attack that could save your life if properly acknowledged:
1. Unusual body weakness.
This is a result of lack of blood flow and circulation, a key symptom of an impending heart attack. Weakened muscles imply a narrowing of arteries, and are therefore a significant red flag.
Dizziness is also a symptom of limited blood flow, and as a symptom, it should not be brushed off. Limited circulation causes blood flow to the brain to be reduced and therefore results in dizzy spells.
3. Cold sweats.
Cold sweats can be a signal that your body is in distress. If your blood flow is underperforming, you may experience feeling clammy, cold, and unwell in general.
4. Chest, arm, back & shoulder pain.
Experiencing pain in your chest, arms, back or shoulders is an indicator that you should seek immediate medical attention! Chest pain or tightening of the chest is a key symptom to acknowledge in order to prevent a heart attack.
5. Cold / Flu.
Many people who have suffered heart attacks also experienced cold or flu symptoms approximately one month before their heart attack. These symptoms are a good indicator that your health is something to keep an eye on.
6. Constant fatigue.
Feeling constantly fatigued is a significant indicator that your body isn’t getting the blood supply it needs. A lack of blood supply causes your body to work harder to produce sufficient blood flow, hence the feeling of over exhaustion.
7. Shortness of breath.
Your lungs are just another organ that requires oxygen and adequate blood flow. When your heart is distressed, your lungs are also affected and usually show this through difficulty breathing.
8. Other vital signs.
Other key signs that a heart attack may be on its way include nausea, indigestion, heartburn and abdominal pain.