Heart attacks are the number one cause of death in the United States, killing over 600,000 people every year. But many times it is possible to recognize its warning signs before reaching that stage.
If you’re a woman, your risk is even greater because heart disease is often overlooked as a women’s health issue. Women can experience different symptoms than men when they have a heart attack which makes it harder to detect. This blog post will explore some early warning signs and symptoms that could indicate you are having or about to have a heart attack so you can get medical attention right away if necessary!
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Chest discomfort or pain (also known as angina) is the most common warning sign of a heart attack. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, aching, numbness, squeezing, or fullness in your chest. Many people are familiar with this warning sign, as it’s the classic sign often depicted on TV or in the movies. Sometimes people describe the pain or discomfort as “an elephant sitting on my chest”. It can spread to your arms, neck, jaw, or back, lasting for several minutes or coming and going in waves. However, it is important to remember that in some people, a life-threatening heart attack can start slowly with only mild pain or discomfort. In other cases, people might not get any chest pain at all.
Did you know there are some less obvious and less common warning signs that people might experience before a heart attack? Here are five that you might not expect: