7 Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Scroll down the slideshow to know what are the common signs of a heart attack

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Written by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: May 14, 2013

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of Breath
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Shortness of breath or Dyspnea is a very common sign that tells when your body needs rest, but sometimes, it can also be a sign of heart troubles due to extra stress on your heart. If you get tired or feel exhausted for no reason, it could be because something is wrong and is a matter of concern.

Sweating throughout the Day

Sweating throughout the Day
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Sweating more than the usual should not be ignored or taken lightly, especially at times when you are not exercising or even active. Our heart takes more effort to pump blood through the clogged arteries making the body sweat more in order to keep the body temperature down. In addition, if you experience any cold sweat or clammy skin, it’s time for you to consult your doctor.

Chest Discomfort

Chest Discomfort
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Heart attacks usually involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. This is the moment you should call the doctor. Although, chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom, some people will not experience chest pain at all.

Discomfort in Upper Body

Discomfort in Upper Body
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Another common sign is discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. The responsiveness may also reduce during the discomfort and he pain may go away just to come back soon.

Fatigue

Fatigue
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A tired feeling all the time and difficulty with everyday activities, such as shopping, climbing stairs, carrying groceries or walking is a common symptom of an unhealthy heart. The heart can't pump enough blood to meet the needs of body tissues. The body diverts blood away from less vital organs, particularly muscles in the limbs and sends it to the heart and brain.

Impaired Thinking

Impaired Thinking
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Memory loss and feelings of disorientation are also considered as possible symptoms of heart attack. A caregiver or relative may notice this first. Changing levels of certain substances in the blood, such as sodium, can cause confusion.  

Slurring of Speech

Slurring of Speech
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Being unable to say and repeat a simple sentence might be a heart attack symptom. Sudden slurring of speech is a warning bell to a grave heart attack. In such times, it’s important for the people around the affected person to understand the situation and call for necessary help.

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