Did you know that heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the US? Our unhealthy diets and stressed lifestyles have a lot to do with the rise in the prevalence and danger of this condition over the past few years.
Healthy living and attempting to reduce stress can help you avoid heart failure, but another thing that can be very helpful, even lifesaving, is being aware of the symptoms of heart failure a month in advance.
These are the signs that a heart attack could occur within the next month. Always consider them to be warning signs.
1. SWOLLEN FEET
If you have congestive heart failure, one or both of your heart’s lower chambers lose their ability to pump blood effectively. As a result, blood can back up in your legs, ankles and feet, causing edema.
When the arteries become narrow your heart receives a lot less blood than it is used to.
This makes the heart work a whole lot harder than it normally would have to, leaving you feeling overly tired and drowsy just about all of the time.
3. SHORTNESS OF BREATH
When your heart is getting less blood this means it your lungs are not going to be able to get as much oxygen to the lungs as you normally would.
The two systems depend on one another so without one you can’t have the other. If you have been having trouble breathing it is best to consult a doctor as soon as possible, this could mean it is getting close to time for your attack.
When your body becomes weak, all of a sudden it is because the arteries becoming more narrow are not allowing blood circulation properly.
Your muscles aren’t getting what they need, and this could cause you to fall even for what may seem like at first no reason so be especially careful.
5. DIZZINESS AND COLD SWEATS
The poor circulations is also causing the blood flow to your brain to be restricted. This is very life threatening. This will at first cause dizziness and clamminess. You should not ignore this.
6. CHEST PRESSURE
If you are having onset symptoms of a heart attack chances are you have been experiencing discomfort in your chest, whether it’s minor pain or built-up pressure.
This will constantly increase until the attack itself happens.
7. FLU OR COLD SYMPTOMS
If you feel as if you are having flu symptoms out of nowhere this could be because the attack itself is about to happen within the near future.
Many people feel they have developed a cold just days before their attacks.
How to handle this:
See a doctor as soon as you can if you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms. The greatest method to avoid a heart attack is to catch the symptoms as soon as possible.
Share this with your family and friends, as you might be able to assist someone who is in need!