The common belief nowadays is that there is no way to predict the moment of the heart attack accurately, at least not in time to act against it. However, that is completely false. Over the years, several medical studies highlighted certain patterns in the symptoms experienced by patients prior to the heart attack. It is also necessary to mention the fact that men and women have different indicators that a heart attack is about to occur, in addition to the obvious constant chest pain. At the same time, before the myocardial infarction, you can expect to feel one, two or more of the symptoms that I will present in this article.
Constant nausea and indigestion with no stomach or digestive tract issues
While you should not jump to the conclusion that a heart attack is imminent whenever your vomit, have cramps or feel nauseous, the recursion of these symptoms in the absence of a stomach or digestive tract disorder definitely qualifies as an precursor. You should also know that studies have discovered that women as well as the adult population with ages over 60 have a considerably higher propensity to suffer from persistent cramps in the upper abdominal section before the actual myocardial infarction. When the digestive system pains occur in conjunction with other pre heart attack symptoms, you should not postpone a visit to the doctor.
Sharp painful sensations in the upper section of the body
By upper section of the body, I mean the ligaments and muscles of the ears, jaw line, the neck or the shoulders. The problem with utilizing the painful sensation in this region of the body as an indicator for an upcoming myocardial infarction resides in the fact that it is not constant, it does not have any particular trigger and it does not have a lengthy duration. In other words, it can be easily mistaken for the type of pain you experience when you pull a muscle or strain a ligament. Therefore, most of us overlook it easily. For women, the typical pre-infarction pain is localized in between the shoulder blades. So far, research has only managed to uncover a single method of differentiating heart attack related pain from the rest: its radiating pattern appears to be upwards and outwards oriented.
Frequently experiencing sexual dysfunctions
While we cannot affirm that all men with sexual dysfunctions are suffering from coronary artery conditions that could lead to a heart attack at any moment, it is safe to say that the vast majority of men who have a predisposition towards myocardial infarction will experience problems in bed. To put it simply, the principal factor involved in the development of a condition that can cause heart attack is the hardening of the arteries that conduct blood from and to the heart. Because the same thing happens to your sexual organ, it will not receive sufficient blood to obtain and maintain an erection.
Fatigue that persists for extended periods
The feeling of exhaustion that does not disappear even though you have not engaged in strenuous physical or mental activities can constitute another tell-tale indicator. However, research has shown that the fatigue is experienced mostly by women. More precisely, an overwhelming 70% of female patients who have suffered a heart attack remember suffering from extreme exhaustion in the weeks prior to the incident. When you simply don’t have enough energy although you had enough time to rest and relax, don’t hesitate to visit your physician.
Shortness of breath that is accompanied by dizziness
Most of us ignore this symptom because of the false belief that shortness of breath is exclusively related to the lungs, rather than the heart or the circulatory system. However, breathlessness is almost always caused by the limited supply of blood that reaches the heart, because this fluid is also responsible for the transfer of oxygen.
Simply put, when your arteries’ diameter shrinks, the quantity of oxygen going in and out of the heart is significantly reduced, which leads to the malfunctioning of the other organs (lungs, brain, stomach, etc.). Therefore, you can also expect to feel lightheaded and dizzy whenever you experience breathlessness. In fact, an astounding 40% of the female heart attack victims state that these symptoms had considerably intensified just moments before the infarction.