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4 Indications Of Possible Heart Attack

The heart attack (congestive heart failure) is one of the top killers in the world today. This sudden shock of the heart muscle ensues as arteries become obstructed of their blood supply. Also known as the silent attacker, it can depict no symptoms, baffling its victims as it hits. Angina (chest discomfort) is the general warning before this occurrence, but can be misinterpreted as mild infirmities such as indigestion. To ensure safety and awareness of this cardiac arrest, you must know when simple symptoms become the warning signs of fatality.

Irregular heart beat

Also known as Arrhythmia or Dysrhythmia, irregular heartbeat is an unusual rate of muscle contractions in the heart. The causes of this state normally include stress, indigestion problems, fever, anxiety, loss of electrolytes, or strenuous exercise. More severe conditions bring on Arrhythmia such as, coronary artery disease or changes in the muscle of the heart.  Irregular heartbeat can be silent, but the common symptoms include:

  • irregular-heart-beatPalpitations – the feeling of skipping a beat or a fluttering feeling
  • Pounding chest – rapid heartbeat that may be associated with panic attacks, dehydration, and insulin reaction.
  • Dizziness or light-headed feeling
  • Fainting – the loss of consciousness due to lack of oxygen to the brain (serious).
  • Shortness of breath – Dyspnea
  • Chest discomfort – pain in the chest
  • weakness or fatigue – extreme tiredness; mental or physical exhaustion

Dysrhythmia linked to a heart spasm may involve triggers. Stimulants such as caffeine, uppers, Pseudoephedrine, and Nicotine can all cause the heart to beat erratically and throw it into shock, constricting blood flow and heart attack. If you are experiencing a skipping or abnormal heartbeat, be sure to lookout for signs that include fainting due to dropped blood pressure, bradycardia or the slowing of the heart rate of under 60 beats per minute (bpm). Tachycardia is another warning characterized by extremely rapid heart rate, exceeding 100 bpm as well as heartbeat irregularity known as atrial fibrillation. It is recommended that you seek the care of a medic if you are experiencing these symptoms. It could mean demise.

Shortness of breath (SOB)

short-of-breathShortness of breath or Dyspnea is troubled breathing due to lack of oxygen in the blood, allergens, or smoking. It is also a symptom of heart or lung conditions including emphysema, pulmonary embolism, and COPD commonly referred to as lung disease. SOB is viewed as a major symptom of heart failure. Patients that have SOB, mistakenly misread it as a less serious disorder and are more likely to die during a heart strike. Shortness of breath for any reason is a cause for concern, but when heart is in trouble, a clear sign is struggling to take oxygen into the body. It can occur without the presence of angina (chest pain). Experiencing rapid shallow breathing, bubbling sounds upon inhaling that signals fluid in the lungs, or the uncontrollable need to gasp deeper when inhaling for any purpose is a health risk.

Unexplained swelling

The enlargement of extremities, skin, or the organs is known as swelling. This Edema can be generalized in all areas of the body or the swelling can be localized in one body part. It is associated with many conditions such as, varicose veins, and thrombophlebitis that is the inflammation of veins in the body because of blood clotting. Edema can be a minor issue that is easily treated. For instance, standing for long periods may cause leg swelling, which is localized. Generalized swelling or mass Edema is common in people who suffer from kidney and liver sicknesses. Swelling in the legs with fatigue could point toward some sort of congestion involving the liver. This happens when the heart is malfunctioning. This pitting puffiness may also effect other parts of the body during cardiac arrest.


This severe indigestion is an assortment of symptoms that include the full feeling during meals, a pressing uncomfortable fullness after eating, and painful burning in the upper abdomen (heartburn). There are many causes for the condition and are mostly mild and include the intake of spicy foods or chocolate, smoking or anxiety. The more severe causes that bring about a more severe reaction are such disorders as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux. This a condition in which the acid or digestive fluid (bile) in the stomach backs up into the throat, which can lead to erosion of the esophagus.

Peptic ulcer disease is another illness that contributes to severe upset stomach. When infectious bacteria enter the body by way of contaminated food and water, it causes the belly to become inflamed. Sores form on the stomach lining and is known to be connected to stomach cancer, another sickness that adds to dyspepsia. Indigestion is a condition that only effects the chest and stomach. Heart attack may involve similar symptoms, but effect other areas. Particular the left side of the body like the arm and jaw. It may also induce sweating and vomiting.

These simple indications can turn into deadly symptoms at a moment’s notice when it involves a damaged heart. Be sure to pay attention to your body to avoid an attack on your main muscle.

About Clara Valdez

Clara is a dietitian, nutritionist and professional speaker specializing in prevention and performance. She believes that a healthy life is synonymous consuming nutritious food.

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