Did you know that around 25% of all heart attacks occur “silently”, which means there are no clear or any significant signs. Unfortunately, these silent heart attacks turn out to be fatal very often, particularly because a lot people delay or fail to seek medical treatment
Contrary to popular belief, heart attacks are not usually manifested by obvious or classic signs — such as the infamous “Hollywood” heart attack, where the person clutches in pain at his or her heart dramatically, doubled over with severe chest pain.
America’s leading cardiologist Dr. Chauncey Crandall, has spent years busily working to prevent, minimize, and reverse heart disease. Over this time, Dr. Crandall has come to the conclusion that the heart does usually give out warning sign to people of a potential heart attack minutes, days, or even weeks before the event.
These are some of the signs that can occur before a heart attack:
Many people that have survived a heart attack before, state that they had feelings of impending doom or anxiety attacks just before their heart attacks happened. Although a lot of people with anxiety attacks believe that they are having a heart attack, it is better to be safe than sorry. Call 911.
Some people who are having 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 especially important that you pay attention to this symptom if you are having any of the other symptoms listed here as well.
Some doctors 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. Some people begin to retain so much fluid that that they find they suddenly gain weight (sometimes as much as 10 pounds!). When this happens, many people lose their appetite as well.
Pain in other parts of the body
For many heart attack victims, the pain begins in the chest, and then spreads to the shoulders, arms, elbows, neck, jaw, back, and even 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 especially common. This pain can come and go, so don’t let it fool you.
Above are some of the hidden signs that people most likely do not correlate to a heart attack; below, are some of the more common or traditional signs you should also be aware of.
Shortness of breath