According to the American Heart and Stroke Association, heart disease and strokes are the number one leading cause of death around the world, most of which suffer from first-time or recurrent heart attacks.
Heart attacks are the result of:
– insufficient blood supply
– caused by the blockage of a coronary artery
Each year, more than 700,000 people suffer from a heart attack. One month before a heart attack the body will experience symptoms, being aware of these symptoms may help save a life!
Narrowing of the arteries leads to less blood flow and circulation, and this, in turn, causes body weakness, or weakened muscles. This is one of the first symptoms of heart attack, so be careful if do experience it.
Cold Sweats and Dizziness
When there is a lack of blood flow, dizziness is another symptom that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The lack of proper circulation affects the blood flow to the brain which can result in uncomfortable dizzy spells.
As a potential heart attack approaches, you’ll experience increased chest pressure and pain. The pain might also spread to other body parts, like the arms, shoulders, and back.
Cold or Flu
Many survivors of heart attack claim they have experienced flu or cold-like symptoms right before they experienced a heart attack. Hence, you should never ignore these signs.
Constant fatigue is also caused by the poor flow of blood to the heart. Narrowed arteries are the reason your heart gets less blood and works too hard. So, if you are dealing with fatigue, you better consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Shortness of breath
This feeling is also occasioned by the narrowing of the arteries leading to reduced blood flow. In such a situation, the lungs don’t get the necessary blood flow to function efficiently. The heart and lungs work together, and thus if one system malfunctions, it affects the other.
This is why shortness of breath may be indicative of an impending heart attack.
Watch this video and see the heart attack process: