Exploring Some of the Early Signs of a Heart Attack

Your heart can affect your overall health in a number of unexpected ways. In fact, your heart may send out warning signals well before a heart attack takes place, but these signs are often ignored by patients because patients do not immediately associate them with an impending heart attack. Keep reading to learn some of the signs that might let you know it’s time to see your doctor for a cardiac checkup to avoid a heart attack in the near future.

Extreme fatigue

Unusual fatigue can be a warning sign for a number of conditions, so you should discuss this symptom with your doctor even if you do not have a history of heart problems. At first, you may have difficulty waking up in the morning and carrying out normal activities, but this can worsen to the point of overwhelming exhaustion where you feel too tired to do anything.

Digestive discomfort

A heart attack might be proceeded by frequent indigestion, which can evolve to severe heartburn with nausea and vomiting.

Unexplained anxiety

Your mind might subconsciously sense a heart attack well before it occurs with a sense of fleeting anxiety. As a blockage continues to develop, you might feel like you are having a panic attack with severe anxiety and shortness of breath that persists, regardless of your current level of activity.

Flu-like symptoms

Many women will have flu-like symptoms such as fatigue and body aches prior to having a heart attack. These symptoms might persist for several days or even weeks before more distinct symptoms like chest pain and upper body discomfort set in.

If you think that you are having a heart attack, call 911 right away. For a physician referral or information about the cardiovascular services available at West Hills Hospital, call our 24-hour Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (818) 676-4321.