Most people don’t know, but the the primary cause of death in the US is a heart attack. Because of this, I wanted to write a short article about 6 warning signs that can be noticed, about a month before an actual heart attack happens.
Think of these as warning signs similar to those on your car’s dashboard, alerting you that something is wrong and you MUST take action right away and “check” everything before your car (or heart) breaks down and something goes terribly wrong.
1 – Shortness of Breath
This happens because your lungs aren’t receiving the required blood to function correctly. One thing to know is that your lungs and heart work as a “team”.
So, if one of them is having problems, it will affect the other. This is the reason shortness of breath is connected with heart issues.
2 – Chest Pressure
Before a heart attack happens, chest pain or pressure will increase over time. This increase might happen over the course of a few hours or days, or maybe 2-3 weeks. This kind of pain can also be spread to your arms, back and shoulders.
Some may think the chest pressure is stress or indigestion. However, if it’s increasing in duration and/or intensity, it’s best to get your heart and arteries checked right away.
3 – Dizziness and Cold Sweats
The typical cause of dizziness and cold sweats, is due to less blood supply to your brain and that mean that there’s poor circulation.
If your body is feeling clammy and unwell… and your brain isn’t working properly and everything is foggy and slow — then all of these can be indicators for a heart attack.
4 – Flu or Cold
Something interesting to note is that many people that survive a heart attack, claim that they experienced flu or cold-like symptoms before the heart attack happened.
It’s not scientifically proven, but there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence to back it up.
5 – Body Weakness
Less blood flow and poor circulation cause weakness, especially in your muscles. And remember, your heart is a muscle.
Thus, it’s not getting the nutrients and oxygen it needs. This is one of earliest symptoms of a heart attack.
6 – Fatigue
Feeling tired and fatigue, is similar to body and muscle weakness. The narrowing of your arteries, decreases blood flow to your heart AND brain and thus, you feel overly tired all the time due to lack of nutrients and oxygen.
A Common Denominator.
One thing to note is that these 6 warning signs are all caused by less blood flow and poor circulation.
Stress, eating the wrong foods, being overweight, lack of exercise, high cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure … are all contributing factors to a heart attack or stroke. However, the common denominator in all of these is poor blood flow.