Major Warning Signs You Will Have a Heart Attack in 30 Days
Let’s face it: heart attacks are some of the scariest things that can possibly happen to you. There are plenty of reasons for that, but one of the biggest is that such attacks seem to come out of nowhere and can forever change your life.
There are many possible heart attack warning signs, but they can only do you so much good when you’re actually having an attack. However, how useful would it be if you could predict heart attacks a month before they happen? If you’re ready to safeguard your health, keep reading to discover major warning signs you’ll have a heart attack in the next 30 days!
Disrupted sleep is a major warning sign for women
Ask those who have survived a heart attack and they’ll all tell you the same thing: “I should have known.” Usually, what these survivors mean is that they had a clue (usually more than one clue) hiding in plain sight all along but they didn’t fully understand the significance until it was too late.
For women, one of the biggest possible warning signs of an upcoming heart attack is disrupted sleep. And we get it: there are plenty of things that might disturb your sleep ranging from digestive problems to disruptive cats or dogs waking you up. But if you’re a woman whose sleep keeps getting disrupted and you don’t have any idea why, you may wish to consult with your doctor about whether you have an otherwise hidden heart problem.
Women may feel more tired than usual
Here’s another frustrating heart attack warning sign that mostly applies to women: you may feel more tired than unusual. This kind of persistent fatigue follows you around and may make you feel like you’re a zombie even on your day off. While many things could cause such fatigue, you need to take this very seriously if you are constantly tired and you don’t know what’s causing it.
Not all women will experience both sets of symptoms, but the combination of fatigue and disrupted sleep is especially serious. If you feel bone tired and still can’t get a good night’s sleep, your body is telling you something, and what it’s telling you may be that a heart attack is just around the corner!
Watch out for shortness of breath
Shortness of breath is another warning sign that you may be on the cusp of a heart attack. You shouldn’t panic if you simply get winded after strenuous exercise, or if the shortness of breath happens while you are sick with some kind of respiratory function. However, as with other symptoms, shortness of breath you otherwise can’t explain may be a sign you will have a heart attack in the next 30 days.
This symptom doesn’t necessarily happen in a vacuum. There are other kinds of pain that may serve as a heart attack warning sign, and that includes painful pressure or outright pain in the middle of your chest. If you are experiencing such pain and also having trouble breathing, it’s important to contact your physician right away.
Beware of pressure or pain in the middle of your chest
By far the biggest warning sign that you have an upcoming heart is pain in your chest. As we noted before, this pain may be a very acute sensation. It may also take the form of pressure or extreme tightness. Whether pain, pressure, or both, this sensation is going to occur in the center of your chest.
An important thing to note about this pain is that it could last for several long minutes. Alternatively, it may start to feel better before the pain returns. Either way, it’s vitally important to treat this heart attack warning sign very seriously.
Mysterious pain may be a warning sign
When it comes to bodily pain, chest pain is still the biggest predictor of a heart attack. You should know, though, that it’s not the only kind of pain that serves as an early warning of heart trouble.
For example, pain in your back, stomach, jaw, neck, or arms can all be warning signs of a heart attack. You know the drill by now: if you can’t otherwise explain the pain, you need to contact your doctor.
When should you call a doctor?
We’ve given you a few scenarios where you need to contact your physician ASAP. Other than that, though, when should you call the doctor if you suspect you or someone else is having a heart attack?
As a general rule, you should never wait more than five minutes to call 911. Don’t be embarrassed if it doesn’t end up being a heart attack: this is a real “better safe than sorry” situation, and the worst thing that will happen if it’s not a heart attack is you’ll get a diagnosis and treatment for whatever other health issue you are experiencing.