You’ve heard before the commonly known signs that you are currently undergoing a heart attack. However, heart attacks are not events that sneak up out of nowhere. A patient whose heart muscle suddenly stops working has years of plaque build-up in their coronary arteries and has probably experienced symptoms for some time.
While it’s critically important to know the signs of the onset of a heart attack, and what first aid tactics you can employ to save the life of a friend or family member in distress, it’s also valuable to understand the other symptom that might express themselves months or years before a life-threatening heart attack.

Chest Discomfort
Feeling a sensation of tightness in your chest is a very common first sign of heart troubles. This pain typically occurs when arteries near your heart a blocked and blood is struggling to make its way to and from your heart muscle. The probably with chest discomfort is that it can be mistaken for other things like stress or anxiety and can go untreated. Anytime you feel unexplained chest pains you should contact your cardiologist immediately. It’s far better to find out that you were suffering from a little gas than to ignore this very common early symptom.

Exhaustion
Life itself is tiresome, and some days you feel better than others. But, when normal everyday tasks like walking up a flight of stairs, or managing your regular household chores begin to make you feel extremely exhausted, it should raise some concerns. Exhaustion can often be due to the extra stress that your heart is under as it works to pump fresh blood through clogged arteries. As we know, arteries don’t clog overnight, so this feeling of exhaustion may come on a little at a time. If you feel unnecessarily exhausted, you should speak immediately with your cardiologist to ensure you’re not at risk for heart attack.

Lightheadedness
Lightheadedness and dizziness can occur when your heart becomes damaged over time due to extra stresses placed on it as your arteries become more clogged. At a certain point, your heart becomes unable to pump blood properly which can cause your blood pressure to drop. This drop in blood pressure can make you feel suddenly dizzy or lightheaded. If you experience this sudden and unexplained symptom, speak with your cardiologist immediately.

Many of us recognize the most common signs of a heart attack from things we’ve seen on tv or heard from our friends, family, or physicians. But you should also know how to spot these early risk signs. If you have any concern at all about your heart health, you should get yourself into the care of a cardiologist as soon as possible. Contact us today if you’d like to be connected with a member of our team.