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Friday, September 23, 2016

More than 1 million people a year have heart attacks. It’s no wonder then, with that staggering number, most of us know someone who’s had a heart attack.

Since these health crises are something we all want to prevent, it’s important to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Most times your body gives you clues before you have a heart attack.

If you experience these symptoms, please take them seriously.

From Health Eternally:

Body Weakness – One key symptom to look out for is body weakness. Your body feels weak because it is experiencing the arteries narrowing, meaning less blood flow and circulation. This leads to weakened muscles that could cause you to fall more easily. This symptom is a big red flag, so be careful if you’re experiencing body weakness.

Dizziness and Cold Sweats – Dizziness and cold sweats are another sign something is terribly wrong, as poor blood flow in the body cuts off a portion of blood flow to the brain. This restricted blood flow is something to look out for, as your body will feel clammy and unwell. Your brain needs adequate blood flow to operate properly and keep you feeling healthy. These symptoms indicate that a heart attack could be right around the corner.

Chest Pressure – If you are having chest pressure, you’ll want to get checked out right away, as chest pain or discomfort is a major key that a heart attack could strike. The chest pain or pressure you may be experiencing will only increase as the potential heart attack nears. According to Livestrong, the pain can also drift into other areas of the body, such as the arms, back and shoulders.

Cold or Flu – If cold and flu-like symptoms are what you’re experiencing, there’s a good chance that a heart attack is on the way. Many people who have had heart attacks describe suffering from cold or flu-like symptoms just before having a heart attack.

Fatigue – Are you constantly feeling tired? Fatigue is a big indicator for a heart attack because it’s brought on by low blood flow to the heart. When the arteries narrow, your heart receives less blood, so it works a lot harder than usual. If you’re left feeling overexerted and tired, you should get checked out by your doctor.

Shortness of Breath – Another indication that a heart attack may be on the horizon is shortness of breath. When the arteries narrow and blood flow is decreased, your lungs aren’t able to get the blood flow they need to work properly. Your heart and lungs work together, and if one system isn’t working properly, it affects the other. So, if you’re experiencing shortness of breath, it could be a red flag that a heart attack is in the near future.

Many people get heart attacks confused with cardiac arrests, but they are very different. You can learn more about the mechanics of both heart attacks and cardiac arrests in the video below.

Hopefully you will never have these symptoms, but it’s important to be prepared with knowledge.

Please share this to let your friends and family know more about the symptoms of heart attacks!

H/T: Health Eternally

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