Many people don’t know what the symptoms of an approaching heart attack are, and are therefore not able to predict and prevent a tragedy. It is worth acquiring such knowledge and closely observing your body and the health of loved ones, because the symptoms of a heart attack are already visible a month before its occurrence.
Myocardial infarction, commonly referred to as a heart attack is myocardial necrosis, occurring as a result of its ischemia. The most common cause of heart attacks is atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease, which is the result of an improper diet, rich in bad cholesterol. In addition to poor nutrition and obesity, these factors also increase the risk of heart attack: smoking, stress, physical inactivity and hypertension. Unfortunately, heart attacks, in many cases, are fatal.
A person who is about to experience an attack, can observe the following symptoms: a severe burning pain in the chest which progresses and radiates as well as shortness of breath and anxiety attack. But you don’t have to wait for these symptoms to determine that the heart is refusing to pump blood, because the upcoming attack gives certain signals, even a month earlier. People who are at risk (every smoker is!), and those feeling completely healthy, have to be vigilant.
Each one of us should pay particular attention to the following symptoms, especially when they occur at the same time:
Fatigue and drowsiness
Chronic fatigue can be a potential sign of an upcoming heart attack, because the partially blocked arteries can’t supply enough blood to the heart muscle, causing the heart muscle to lose some of its effectiveness, thus not supplying the body with enough oxygen.
Breathing problems are often a result of heart problems. The incorrectly beating organ reduces the intake of oxygen and one can appear out of breath and have a shortness of breath.
Everyone is weak at some point, as a result of many things, but if we get sudden fatigue (even if we hadn’t done anything too physically intensive), or when we don’t have the strength to carry out light tasks, which don’t require a lot of energy, it may be a sign of heart problems, in which the arteries transport less oxygenated blood, and therefore less of it reaches the muscles, weakening them.
The description of the next three symptoms can be found on the next page.