Did you know that the primary cause of deaths in America is heart attack, with up to 25% of deaths being directly attributed to heart failures, a percentage larger than what used to be the most dangerous disease – cancer?
With a number so concerning, there has been a major increase of research into the causes of heart attacks.
Currently, the most important causes are considered to be smoking, high cholesterol and blood pressure, followed by what are described as highly potential causes by the CDC, obesity, diabetes, bad diets, over-consumption of alcohol and lack of physical exercise.
With at least 50% of heart failures occurring out of medical facilities, it is very important to recognize any early signs that might lead to heart attacks.
The CDC have conducted a research in 2005 which showed that up to 92% of all patients had experience some form of chest discomfort prior to their heart attacks, and as low as 27% knew what those symptoms lead to and were able to call the emergency line and report a heart attack.
Warning signs of heart attacks
By knowing the signs listed below you will be able to identify whether you are at any risk of having a heart attack, up to 30 days before it occurs.
Lack of breath
Your lungs are responsible for supplying your body with the oxygen it needs. However, if your heart is not working properly, your lungs will also suffer, because they need the blood and oxygen supplied by your hearth. So, if you feel like you are unable to breathe properly, you should go see your doctor immediately.
If you feel fatigued without any obvious reason, you might be at risk of having a heart attack. The reason behind this is that your arteries might be clogged, which results in excessive tiredness during even the least strenuous of activities, and the need for taking several naps during your day or sleeping more than necessary.
Discomfort in your chest
One of the most common signs, chest discomfort will help you identify your risk of heart attacks. Chest discomfort can come in many forms. Some patients have claimed that they felt their chest pinching or burning, while others have felt like their chest is under pressure. These signs mostly occurred either while the patients were doing some strenuous physical activity or while they were resting. If you want to stay on the safe side, consult a medical professional as soon as you notice some of these signs.
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However, you should also be aware that there are some cases where heart attacks occurred without any chest discomforts, but mostly in women.
Swellings in your body parts
Take caution if you notice any swelling in your legs, feet, or ankles. The reason why this occurs is that your heart might be straining to supply blood to your body, causing your veins to swell up, and the most obvious areas to look for are the ones farthest from your hearth. It is also good to look for any blue colorings in your lower body parts, or your lips.
Excessively prolonged colds
You might also be at risk of heart attacks if you are feeling like you have been having a cold for a long time. This happens when your heart requires excessive efforts to supply your body with blood and causes some blood to leak into your lungs. If you want to make sure, try to observe whether there is either pink or white mucus in your cough, if there is so, this might be caused by blood leaks.
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Dizziness occurs when your brain is failing to get the oxygen levels it needs to function properly. This is due to decreased blood flow caused by bad heart operation. If you happen to feel that you are continuously light headed or dizzy, go see your doctor and make sure you’re not at a potential risk of heart attack.
Any of the symptoms described above can appear up to 30 days before any heart attacks occur, so it is very important to learn and know how to spot them. If you happen to notice any of the signs or a combination of them, you should go and get examined right away.
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