Every day about 80 people suffer from a heart attack in the Netherlands. Therefore, it is important that you recognize the warning signs your body gives off so that you can seek help in time.
Smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and prolonged stress are some factors that increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Healthy living and taking care of yourself may thus lower the risk of a heart attack.
The symptoms are not limited to the heart but can spread throughout the body. Many of the symptoms are overlooked or are linked to other diagnoses. However, in many cases, it is in fact because of the heart. Early diagnosis gives you the best chance of receiving successful treatment.
But should you still suffer from a heart attack than your body will start warning you about a month in advance. When you are able to spot these signs in advance you might be able to get help in time and prevent this from happening! It is important that you recognize these signs, it could save lives!
See the 6 major signs your body will show, months before you get a heart attack on the next page.
Feeling weak – One of the most common symptoms is the feeling that your body is weakened. Your body feels weak because there is a vein near your heart that is blocked. This means a less than optimal blood flow and circulation. Because of this, your muscles get less oxygen, resulting in muscle weakness and danger of falling more often.
Dizziness and sweating – This is also a feeling caused by impaired circulation. When there is less blood being pumped to your brains you could start to feel dizzy. Your body can also feel clammy and sweaty. Your brains need enough blood and oxygen in order for your body to work properly.
Chest pressure – When you are experiencing pressure on your chest it is always a good idea to get it looked at by a doctor. This is especially important when you are a high risk patient. The pressure on your chest will increase more and more in the event of an oncoming heart attack. The pressure and pain may also radiate into other parts of the body such as arms, shoulders and back.
Cold or flu – Many people who have ever had a heart attack describe flu-like symptoms in the period before the heart attack struck.
Tiredness – Do you often feel tired? Fatigue is also a symptom that there is a less than optimal circulation in your heart. When your heart has bad circulation, it has to work harder to continue to circulate your blood. This is noticeable when you get fatigue.
Shortness of breath – Another sign your body presents is shortness of breath. When the blood vessels get clogged your lungs also get less blood which makes them less able to do their work properly. Your heart and lungs work together closely. When one of the two works less well, this will have a direct effect on the other.
If you recognize these symptoms, we recommend you to always consult a doctor.