Saturday, March 18, 2017

Four Major Heart Attack Red Flags You Need To Know Before It Actually Happens

Heart attacks are not usually indicated by obvious signs, such as the infamous “Hollywood” heart attack, in which a person clutches at his or her heart dramatically.

In fact, about 25% of all heart attacks occur silently – meaning there are no clear or recognizable symptoms. These silent heart attacks are frequently fatal, particularly because many people delay or fail to seek medical treatment on time.

Dr. Chauncey Crandall, one of America’s leading cardiologists, has spent decades working to prevent, minimize, and reverse heart disease. Over this time, Dr. Crandall has come to recognize that the heart does usually warn people of a potential heart attack minutes, days, or even weeks before the event.


  • Swelling
Many people believe that swelling of the feet or ankles has to do with standing or sitting too much, but heart failure can also cause fluid to accumulate in the body. This can cause swelling in the legs or abdomen, as well as the feet and ankles. However, some people begin to retain so much fluid that they find they suddenly gain weight – sometimes as much as 10 pounds! When this happens, many people lose their appetite as well.

  • Anxiety
Many survivors state that they had feelings of impending doom or anxiety attacks just before their heart attacks happened. Although many people with anxiety attacks believe that they are having a heart disease, it is better to be safe than sorry.

  • Pain in other parts of the body
According to many heart attack victims, the pain begins in the chest, and then spreads to the shoulders, arms, elbows, neck, jaw, back, and even the abdomen. However, sometimes there is no actual chest pain – only pain in some of these other body parts. Pain between the shoulder blades or pain in one or both arms is common. This pain can come and go, so don’t let it fool you.

  • Coughing
Some people who are experiencing heart failure will cough up bloody phlegm, but others simply have a nagging or wheezing cough that is sometimes a symptom of heart failure. This is a result of fluid build-up in the lungs. It is essential to pay attention to this symptom if you are having any of the other symptoms listed here.

Common or traditional signs you should be aware of:
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness

Note: Do not try to ignore these symptoms, hoping that they will go away. If your symptoms last more than 5 or 10 minutes, call someone drive you to the nearest hospital. You can also chew and swallow an aspirin, unless you are allergic to them.