Heart attacks don’t always strike out of the blue — there are many symptoms we can watch for in the days and weeks leading up to an attack. But the symptoms may not be the ones we expect.
And they can be different in men and women, and different still in older adults
Don’t let a heart attack happen to you.
1. Indigestion or Nausea
Symptoms can range from mild indigestion to severe nausea, cramping-style ache in the upper belly and vomiting [more likely in women & adults 60+]
2. Jaw, ear, neck, or shoulder pain
A telltale sign: The pain comes and goes
3. Sexual dysfunction
4. Exhaustion or fatigue
A sense of crushing fatigue that lasts for several days [the kind that lays you flat out in bed]
5. Breathlessness, dizziness, light- headedness
Unable to draw a deep, satisfying breath
6. Leg swelling or pain
Edema and ischemia
7. Sleeplessness, insomnia, and anxiety
8. Flu-like symptoms
Clammy, sweaty skin, along with feeling light-headed, fatigued, and weak [severe flu -like symptoms]
9. Rapid-fire pulse or heart rate
10. You just don’t feel like yourself
Older adults [especially those 80+]
Watch for clusters of symptoms that come on all at once and aren’t typical of your normal experience.
If your body is doing unusual things and you just don’t feel “right,” don’t wait.
See a doctor and ask for a thorough work-up
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