What to do if you have heart attack symptoms?

HEART ATTACK SIGNS - 12 Early Warnings Signs You Should Know One of the biggest health worries many of us have is that one day we might have a heart   attack. This is something especially  common amongst slightly older men. There are some key signs that you need to  look out for so that you can spot when you, or someone else near you, might be about to have a heart attack. It is such an important thing to be aware of, as catching it early can save someone’s life.  

Chest Pain

It’s most likely very unsurprising to you to hear that chest pain is one of the major signs that you or someone else might be about to have a heart attack. It can feel like a burning sensation in the area of your heart, or it's like a sharp, stabbing pain, but you  will understand the difference between this   and just normal heartburn as it will feel a lot  deeper and it will impact your breathing more. One of the biggest tell-tale signs that someone  near you might be about to have a heart attack is if they start clutching their test. This is an  indication that they are experiencing chest pain and that they might be about  to go into cardiac arrest. 

Pain in your Arms

Another common rumor about the signs of a  heart attack is that your left arm will go numb. This is true, but it goes further than  this in that it can be either of your arms, and you might feel numbness, pain, or a pins-and-needles sensation. You will usually start off feeling  chest pain, as mentioned above,   and then it will spread across your chest and reach your arms too. 

Shortness of Breath

Another huge sign of an impending heart attack is feeling like you can’t breathe properly and being incredibly short of breath. This usually comes at the same time as chest pain, but it can occur without it. So, if you start to feel like you  can’t get your breath out properly, or if you notice it in someone else then  try and contact an ambulance immediately. Even if it turned out not to be the onset of  cardiac arrest, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry, especially when  it comes to struggles in breathing. 


This is a sign of heart attacks that isn’t as  widely known. It is very common for those who are about to go into cardiac arrest to feel very nauseous and sick before it. This can usually come to a little while  before an actual heart attack occurs, and not directly before it like with chest pain. Therefore, if you find yourself  feeling nauseous throughout the day, or perhaps even over a couple of days, and  you can’t think of a reason why it could be, then you must tell someone. Yes, you might  not immediately think of a heart attack so you may not think to call an ambulance, but at least make sure you have someone with you who is aware that you are experiencing these symptoms, and who will be there in case of things worsen. 


Fatigue is another sign and symptom of a heart attack and is one that can last for a while. It can occur up to weeks before an actual heart attack occurs. The reason why fatigue often precedes a heart attack is that there is a lot of stress on your heart from trying to pump blood around your  body whilst a certain area of flow is blocked (which is what causes a heart attack). This  stress causes you to feel extremely exhausted, and therefore you will find yourself  feeling a lot more tired than normal. If you find yourself experiencing  this then you should consult a GP.

Cold Sweat

If you notice yourself sweating more than  normal, and it being more of a cold sweat, then this is a major sign that you might be about to go into cardiac arrest. It is one of the symptoms that comes very  soon or immediately before a heart attack and, especially when coupled with any of the other  symptoms, you should try and get help urgently. 


If you start to feel unusually lightheaded or dizzy, then this is another sign that you should  be wary and contact someone to help you. It is another sign that almost  immediately precedes a heart attack. It occurs due to the strained blood  flow and sometimes lack of blood flow, which causes a heart attack. The poor blood  circulation leads to your brain not getting enough blood or oxygen and so you find  yourself feeling extremely lightheaded. 

Feeling of doom 

This might sound like an old one, but it is  an extremely common sign of a heart attack   that a huge percentage of survivors have  reported experiencing. Many have said that just before they went into cardiac arrest they  had this overwhelming sense that something bad was about to happen. They felt awful and couldn’t  shake this feeling of ‘impending doom’. It usually   comes alongside chest pain, and although it might  not seem like a sign of physical strain or injury,   it is one of the biggest indicators that  someone is about to have a heart attack.

Jaw Pain

When you experience chest pain, it may not  only spread to your arms but can also spread   up your neck and to your jaw. Therefore,  if you find yourself experiencing jaw pain   then this can be another huge sign that  you might be about to have a heart attack. This may seem strange, as you wouldn’t normally  think your jaw has anything to do with your heart,   but when your heart has a problem or is under  strain, it can trigger certain nerves and so you   can experience pain in completely different  parts of your body. With a heart attack,   the pain does, however, seem to be  primarily in the upper body area. 

Heart Palpitations 

Another very telling sign of a heart attack is  that you might experience heart palpitations.   This can feel like your heart is  throbbing, beating extremely fast, or in a rhythm that is not normal for you, or it  can feel like it is skipping a beat. Many have even described being able to feel the palpitations  in other areas of their body like their neck. This is something that should not be ignored,   and you must call a doctor as soon as  you start to feel this as a symptom. 


Gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion  is another symptom that often precedes a heart   attack. This is because heart attacks  are most commonly caused by food issues   and tend to occur in people who  have more digestion problems. Heartburn is another similar sensation you might  feel that could be a sign of a heart attack,   and it is especially important to act on it if  you don’t usually experience these sorts of pains. 

High Blood Pressure 

Having high blood pressure is one of the biggest  signs that you might be at risk of a heart attack.  Whilst there is no major physical symptom to  tell you that you have high blood pressure,   it is important that if you know you suffer  from a higher blood pressure than you pay extra attention to the signs  mentioned in this article. So, there you have some of the major signs of a heart attack. It is so important that if you start to feel any  of these symptoms that you contact someone or call an ambulance immediately. Even if you aren’t completely sure, it is much better to be safe   rather than sorry, and the medics can help you  no matter what it is that’s causing the symptoms. Don’t forget to share with your friends and family. Stay Healthy. bye.

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