4 Major Heart Attack Red Flags You Need To Know!

The heart attacks, contrary to the popular opinion, aren’t usually heralded by classic and obvious signs like where a person clutches at her/his heart dramatically with severe chest pain.

About 25 percent of the heart attacks happen silently, with no recognizable or clear symptoms. Dr. C. Crandall, a cardiologist, has spent many years working to minimize, prevent and reverse heart disease. With time, Dr. C. Crandall has come to recognize that our hearts do warn us of a potential heart attack, minutes, days or weeks before it happens.

Here are 4 Major Heart Attack Red Flags You Need to Know:

1. Swelling

Heart failure can cause accumulated fluid in our body and usually it leads to swelling in the abdomen, legs, ankles and feet. Some people have retained so much fluid that they gain weight suddenly.

2. Acute Anxiety

This is the symptom that scares me the most because an anxiety attack creates many of the same exact sensations and symptoms of a heart attack. And yet, many people have anxiety attacks just before a heart attack occurs.

This means that sometimes an anxiety attack is just an anxiety attack, but if you ignore it you may be doing so at your own peril.

3. Pain: Not Just in the Chest, In Other Places

For many heart attack victims, the pain begins in the chest, and then spreads to the shoulders, arms, elbows, neck, jaw, back, and even abdomen. However, sometimes there is no actual chest pain — only pain in some of these other body parts. Pain between the shoulder blades or pain in one or both arms is especially common. This pain can come and go, so don’t let it fool you.

4. Coughing

Heart failure may cause patients to cough up bloody phlegm, but also they may experience a nagging or wheezing cough. This is caused by a fluid deposit in the lungs.

Now, let’s take a look at some more traditional symptoms of heart attack:

– Discomfort in the chest
– Shortness of breath
– Cold sweats
– Lightheadedness
– Nausea

Important Note: Never ignore the signs in hope that they will go away. If they last for more than 5 or 10 minutes, don’t hesitate and immediately call an ambulance or have someone drive you to the ER. You can also take an aspirin, unless you’re allergic to it.