First off, I am a HUGE proponent of going to the doctor, at the minimum once a year for an annual full physical.
That being said, if you have been given a warning from your doctor, or you have a family history of heart problems, you may want to take note of the following. A new report has come out to help you see the signs of a heart attack about a month before it could happen. If you have a combination of the following symptoms, you may want to schedule a visit to the doctor quickly, as these are indicators that your body is saying a heart attack is on the horizon within the next month.
- Fatigue: This effects women in larger numbers than men. Women are at a 70% greater risk.
- Abdominal Pain: This one is missed half of the time, as it is seen as a normal issue with any one. So this, alone, is not an indicator, so keep track of your other symptoms
- Insomnia: Another common problem. This is another one that hits women more often than men. This is one to really watch, as it could also be an indicator of a potential stroke.
- Lack of Breath: Not to be confused with Asthma. This is Dyspenea, shortness of breath, which occurs about 6 months before the onset of a heart attack.
- Loss of Hair: Obviously, you would assume this effects men more often, but ladies, don’t think that this is exclusive to men. Look for the hair loss to primarily be at the crown of the head.
- Arrhythmia or tachycardia: This is the skipped heartbeat, or increased heartbeats. Don’t confuse this with your heart rate or how your heart feels when exercising.
- Sweating: This is a early warning sign that something is wrong. It effects me, but again, it hits women more often. This is usually mistaken to be a fever or flu symptom and often overlooked.
- Chest Pain: Yes, this is the one sign that everyone hears about. But it comes in varying degrees and effects men 30% more often than women.
Again, this list isn’t a medical diagnosis. That should be left to your doctor. What you should do is take notes on what you are experiencing and check in with your Primary Care Physician to make sure the symptoms you are experiencing are benign. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Here’s to good health