Top 12 Warning Signs Of A Heart Attack You Should Never Ignore! (#4 — Who Knew?)

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10.  Fatigue

Especially in women, unusual fatigue can occur in the weeks, days, or even just moments before a heart attack happens. Feeling extremely tired all the time can be an early symptom of an impending heart attack. Obviously, you can feel exhausted after a hard day at work, so how can you tell the difference? This kind of exhaustion leaves you feeling unwell and as if you were run over by a truck. Unless you ran a marathon, don’t assume this is nothing. Call 911.

 

11. Shortness of Breath

If you are gasping for breath with minimal exertion, or if you are doing nothing, you could have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or even pneumonia. However, you could also have a pending heart attack or heart failure, especially if it comes on suddenly.

 

12. Rapid or Irregular Pulse

Everyone has an occasional skipped heartbeat or a felt a little flip flop in the chest, but an irregular pulse, or a very rapid pulse, especially when combined with any of the other symptoms on this list, can be evidence of heart failure, heart attack, or arrhythmia. If left untreated, arrhythmias can lead to stroke, heart failure, or even sudden death. Don’t wait to see if this feeling will pass — call 911 immediately.

Don’t try to tough out the symptoms or ignore them, hoping that they will go away.  If your symptoms last more than five or 10 minutes, call 911 or have someone drive you to your local hospital emergency room. You can also chew and swallow an aspirin, unless you are allergic to them.

References:

Circ.ahajournals.org

Heart.org

Heartandstroke.com

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