These 6 signals help you recognise a heart attack a month before it happens

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These 6 early symptoms tell you you’re going to have a heart attack

Heart attacks are among the top causes of death in Western countries. In fact, it is the number one killer in the UK. 160,000 people die from heart disease in the UK every year. That’s why it’s important to be able to recognise the symptoms of a heart attack when you’re having one. It could save your life! Most people think heart attacks happen suddenly, but in most cases, there are signals weeks before the actual event.

Recognising the symptoms of a heart attack could potentially save a lot of lives.


When you’re having a heart attack, your heart stops pumping blood around your body because of cardiac arrhythmia. This cardiac arrhythmia is often caused by clogged arteries. A lot of the people who get heart attacks suffer from the following things in the weeks leading up to the attack: pain in the chest, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, fainting and heart palpitations. Of course, if you experience one of these symptoms on its own, it can also mean something completely different (someone who has a cold can have shortness of breath as well). Yet a combination of these symptoms could be an indication of an impending heart attack. Are you experiencing one or more of these symptoms? Visit your doctor: it might save your life!

Silent heart attack

Did you know that half of all heart attacks happen unnoticed? That’s pretty shocking, especially if you know that you’re three times more likely to die of heart failure or other health issues if you’ve had one of those silent heart attacks. When most people think of heart attacks, they think of being in incredible pain and gasping for breath. But a heart attack can also go by completely unnoticed. You might feel a little more tired than usual, and you might experience some heart palpitations and sweat a little more profusely. But these symptoms can happen for a number of reasons – there’s no real reason to think of a heart attack right away, right? That’s the danger.

Go to the next page to read about the symptoms of a silent heart attack and the unexpected signals of heart attacks for women!

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