Heart attacks are a terrifying thing, especially because it’s often difficult to predict when and who a heart attack will strike. But there’s no need to live in constant fear that you’ll be the next victim of this cardiovascular episode, not if you keep an eye out for some key signals.
Here are 8 signs that you might be at risk of a heart attack in about a month:
1. Abdominal Pain
If you’ve been noticing your stomach is upset recently (this can be nausea, pain, or even bloating) this could be a sneaky red flag. Abdominal pains before a heart attack have an episodic nature, meaning they ease off and then returning for short periods of time.
Struggling to fall asleep, maintain sleep, or waking up unusually early could be signs of insomnia. Insomnia is also associated with an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke, especially among women. Anxiety and absentmindedness are also symptoms of chronic insomnia.
3. Unusual Fatigue
Feeling tired, even if you’re getting a full night’s sleep? This unusual fatigue is one of the main symptoms that indicates an impending heart attack.
Fatigue like this doesn’t have to be caused by physical or mental activity, and it will increase towards the end of the day. Take note if it’s sometimes exhausting to perform simple tasks, like making a bed or taking a shower.
4. Hair Loss
One of the most visible signs of heart disease is losing hair on the crown of your head. This most commonly affects men over 50, but some women may also be in the risk group.
5. Irregular Rhythms
Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or tachycardia (increased heart rate) can happen abruptly and often lasts for 1-2 minutes. If it doesn’t fade, you might feel dizziness and extreme fatigue, in which case you should call the doctor right away.
6. Loss of Breath
Dyspnea, or breathlessness, is a strong feeling of being unable to draw a deep breath; often you’ll feel tired and dizzy, as well. This sign affects both men and women for up to six months before a heart attack.
7. Unusual Perspiration
Often associated with women going through menopause, these hot flashes could be signaling something much worse. Take note of any flu-like symptoms, clammy skin, or sweatiness occurring regardless of air temperature or physical exertion.
8. Chest Pains
The biggest and most well-known symptom is the uncomfortable sensation in one or both arms, jaw, neck, shoulders, or chest. In men, this symptom refers to the most important early signs of an impending heart attack that should not be ignored. On the other hand, it affects only 30% of women.