11 signs of heart attack you should know about

signs of heart attack you should know about

What exactly are the signs of a heart attack? Is it the dramatic clenching of the chest we see in movies that leads to the individual collapsing?


The signs of a heart attack include angina (chest pain), jam pain, back packets spreads toward the left part of the body. The dramatic faint probably accompanied by a slow beat show in movies is not one of the signs of a heart attack.

Most people believe that the signs of heart attack must be related to the chest area.

This is a wrong notion as signs of the chest may actually be referred pain (i.e. that is pain felt in other parts of the body can be traced back to the heart).

If you are waiting to feel pains around your chest before you seek medical attention.

You are playing very dangerous with your health and this is a game that you might lose if you are not extremely careful.

There are so many factors that affect the heart and lead to a heart attack. These factors arise mostly from one continuous diet or lifestyle choices.

Older individuals within the age of 60 and above are advised to watch out for these signs of a heart attack.


In some cases, there might be an obvious sign, however, it is advisable that you go for a regular heart check-up once you approach the risk age.

Not all signs of heart attack is felt within the chest, it is also experienced in different parts of the body including the feet, stomach, back, and jaw.

It is advisable that you visit your doctor whenever you experience one of more signs listed here.

  1. Angina (chest pain)

It will be a wrong notion to think that every discomfort or slight pain you feel around your chest is ultimately a sign of a heart attack.

A chest pain that signifies a heart attack, lasts longer than few minutes. Please don’t panic whenever you feel a little bit of pain around your chest.

It is important to be cautious but you should also be certain or see it doctor to confirm your diagnosis.

A chest pain that signifies a heart attack might occur when you are resting or engaging in any form of physical activity.

Most times the pain feels like pressure, fullness, or squeezing. It feels different in different individuals.

It is not a lasting pain, it comes and goes after a few minutes. If you notice this sign I highly recommend that you visit the doctor.

11 signs of heart attack you should know about

11 signs of heart attack you should know about

  1. Pain in the neck, jaw, and back

This is a general pain felt by men and women alike. Pain in the jaw Is not exactly a sign of attack however if it begins from the chest and spread upwards then it is definitely a sign of heart attack.

Another basic sign of heart attack is pain arising from the left part of the body. Just like jaw pain, it begins from the chest and spreads down the left part of the body.

If you feel a sudden or explainable pain from your chest that spreads to other parts of your body, it is advisable that you visit the doctor for a check-up immediately.

  1. Cold or hot sweat

A sudden cold or hot sweat at an adequate balanced temperature might not be a sign of fever. It could be a sign of a heart attack.

Just like the name implies a cold sweat occurs when your body suddenly feels damp and cold. This might not be a cold, it is better to see a doctor for clarity.

For women who are experiencing signs of menopause or perimenopause, it may be very difficult to clearly distinguish hot flashes from hot sweats.

If you experience unexplainable hot sweats that soak the sheets and make it impossible to sleep.

You should pay a visit to your doctor as this may be is a sign of a heart attack.

11 signs of heart attack you should know about

11 signs of heart attack you should know about

  1. Light-headedness

This is another very common sign of a heart attack. Light-headedness occurs when enough oxygen does not reach the brain leading to a faint feeling.

Lightheadedness could also signify that there is a drop in your blood pressure. Due to the inability of the heart to function effectively by pumping sufficient blood.

There are no more courses of light-headedness for example when you had too little to eat or drink. Or when you stood up too fast, you might likely experience the feeling of lightheadedness.

However, if you experience a sudden unsteady feeling followed by irregular breathing or chest pain.

The best advice would be to visit your doctor as this might likely be a sign of a heart attack.

  1. Nausea and indigestion

There are so many factors that can lead to indigestion or a nauseous feeling.  Therefore, it is quite confusing to identify which is normal or which particular one is a sign of heart attack.

Some medical professionals state that this condition is more prevalent in women than men. Also, it is noted that indigestion occurs move frequently in older people.

If you experience indigestion or a nauseous feeling and you are quite certain that it has nothing to do with what you ate.

It is safer to speak to a doctor. As they are more equipped to deal with the identification of a potential heart attack.

  1. Shortness of breath and exhaustion

Exhaustion can be a sign of heart attack especially when it occurs without exertion (I.e without pressure).

If you experience breath shortness when you are not engaging in any physical activity. Or shortness of breath when you are barely doing any tax that requires additional force or pressure.

This is likely a sign of cancer, however; you need to visit the doctor for a professional opinion.

Shortness of breath usually occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. All forms of exhaustion for little to no involvement in physical activities must be checked to ensure the safety of the individual.

  1. Snoring

Snoring is not necessarily a sign of heart attack rather, it is a sign of sleep apnea which can potentially lead to a heart attack.

Sleep apnea is the periodic cessation of breath during sleep. It exerts strain on the heart hence, a possibility of a heart attack.

It is normal to snore softly while sleeping or perhaps when have a cold. However, loud snores that sound like choking or gasping are a sign of a heart attack.

11 signs of heart attack you should know about

11 signs of heart attack you should know about

  1. Confusion

If you are experiencing slight amnesia or partial disorientation, this might be a sign of a heart attack.

There are many causes of confusion and heart attack is one of them. You can’t be too sure of the causative ailment hence; it is better to seek the help of a professional.

Confusion as a sign of heart attack usually occurs when the brain is not receiving enough blood supply hence, its function is inhibited.

  1. Coughing

When the heart is overworked and cannot keep up with the body’s demand leading to the leakage of blood into the lungs.

This results in the production of whitish or pinkish mucus while coughing.

Basically, coughing is seen as a sign of heart trouble I.e this does not normally mean that you are about to have a heart attack.

Nevertheless, if you fall within the risk age, it is important that you visit the doctor as this might be a sign of a heart attack.

  1. Swollen feet, legs, and ankles.

Swollen extremities could be a sign of heart attack, it shows that your heart does not pump blood effectively. It occurs as a deficient action of the heart to pump fast.

This causes the backing up of blood in the veins and ultimately leads to bloating.

Furthermore, a change in the concentration of salt affects the excretory function of the kidney and leads to bloating.

This simply means that bloating of the extremities can occur when the kidney doesn’t function effectively.

Heart-related problems negatively affect the kidney, making it difficult to remove excess sodium and water from the body.

  1. Irregular heartbeat

When we are nervous, excited, or scared, our heartbeat races, this is a phenomenon experienced by humans.

Also, an irregular heartbeat can be caused by excessive consumption of coffee or inadequate sleep.

However, if your heart beats irregularly for more than a few seconds, this could be a sign of a heart attack.


The heart is a very essential part of the body that plays diverse important roles in the proper functioning of the body.

It is very crucial that you incorporate a healthy diet and lifestyle into your everyday routine.

Avoid excessive fried food as most oil is not considered healthy for the heart. It is also advisable to engage in cardiovascular exercises that help to boost the effectiveness of the heart.

Don’t joke with the health of your heart, if you notice any sign or symptom that is unexplainable.

Visit your doctor immediately. It is also important that you undergo heart check-ups within a month or 2 months interval.

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