4 Major Heart Attack Flags You Need to Know!

Contrary to popular opinion, a heart attack does not show clear-cut symptoms like clutching your chest due to severe chest pain. Heart attacks are silent, and most of the time, like 25% of them happen silently and they do not have any clear, nor recognizable symptoms.

A cardiologist, named Dr. C. Crandall has spent a long time working to minimize, prevent or reverse heart disease. Ultimately, he has come to recognize that our hearts do warn us of potential heart attacks before they happen. They can do it weeks, days or even minutes before it happens.

The Red Flags that Show That a Heart Attack Might be Coming

1. Anxiety

Many people who have experienced heart attacks say that they had an anxiety attack before the heart attack happened. Even though some people think that they are having a heart attack when they are actually having an anxiety attack, it is still better to be safe than sorry.

2. Swelling

Swelling of ankles and feet is mainly connected with sitting or standing too much. However, what most people do not know is that heart failure can cause accumulated fluid in the body. It can also cause swelling of the abdomen, legs, ankles and feet. Therefore, some people retain so much fluid that they gain weight suddenly. When this occurs, they seem to lose their appetite.

3. Coughing

As symptoms of heart failure some people will start coughing blood, some of them might wheeze or have a nagging cough. This is due to the buildup in the lungs. It is of great importance to pay attention to these symptoms.

4. Pain in Other Body Parts

For most of the sufferers the pain starts in the chest and then it spreads to the jaw, back, shoulders, arms and abdomen. However, bear in mind that sometimes there is no chest pain, but there is some pain in other body parts. The most common ones are pain in one or both arms or between the shoulder blades. Yes, the pain may come and go, but that does not mean that it is not serious.

These 4 signs, are those who are hidden and not that obvious, however, there are common signs too which will indicate that a heart attack is coming.

The Common Signs of Heart Attacks

  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath

Please note that you must not ignore these signs by hoping that they will disappear. Also, if they last more than 10 minutes, please contact 911 or find someone to drive you to the hospital. Another way to go is to chew some aspirin and swallow it, except if you are allergic to it, of course.