Despite what many people often assume heart attacks are not usually indicated by classic and obvious signs. Approximately 25% of heart attacks occur out of a sudden, without any obvious signs or symptoms.
Dr. C. Crandall, who is a cardiologist has dedicated many years of his life working to prevent, minimize and reverse cardiovascular disease. Gradually, he has realized that our hearts actually warn us of a possible heart attack. The warning can be a matter of minutes, sometimes days, weeks or even months.
Most people relate swelling of the feet or ankles with prolonged standing or sitting. However, heart failure can lead to accumulation of fluids in the body. Namely, heart failure can cause swelling in the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen. Certain people retain so much fluids that they gain weight out of a sudden. Once this happens, they lose their appetite.
A number of people who had suffered from a heart attack said that they had had anxiety attacks prior to the heart attack. The truth is that many people with anxiety attacks think that they are actually having a heart attack, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Pain in other parts of the body
For a number of victims the pain begins in the chest and then expands to the jaw, then the back, the shoulders, the arms and the abdomen in the end. However, on certain occasions, the pain is everywhere. The pain is particularly common in the arms or in the space that separates the shoulder blades. This pain easily comes and goes.
Some people can have the symptoms of coughing bloody phlegm, while others can have nagging cough or wheezing. This happens as a consequence of fluid accumulation. Paying attention to these or other symptoms is of crucial importance.
Furthermore, read about more indications of a heart attack:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest discomfort
- Cold sweat
Never ignore the signs, since they may not disappear. In case the signs last for more than 10 minutes, call 911 or have somebody drive you to the hospital. Also, you can take an aspirin, provided that you are not allergic to it.