How to Recognize a Heart Attack Before it Happens

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Heart disease or heart attacks account for 25% of deaths in the United States. That means that if a person has at least four friends, one of them will die from a heart-related problem. Knowing the signs will not only protect you, but your family and friends as well.

Most of us know the signs of a heart attack when it happens: discomfort in the chest that doesn’t go away, unconsciousness, and abnormal pulse or breathing. However, there are some symptoms that can manifest about a month before a serious heart attack takes place. Being aware of these signs and knowing what they mean could save a life.

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Here are 10 signs a person may have a heart attack in the near future.

1. Chest Pain or Discomfort – This sort of pain or discomfort is often described as pressure, squeezing, or fullness. It typically lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and returns. This is the most common heart attack symptom.

2. Headache, Jaw Pain, or Toothache – Pain from a heart attack can easily spread to the jaw, head, or even the back. It is not uncommon for people to report tooth pain or headache when experiencing a heart attack. These symptoms can even occur without chest pain.

3. Shortness of Breath – Shortness of breath or gasping for air is another common sign of a heart attack. It can happen before a heart attack or during. It can also manifest without chest pain.

4. Nausea – Nausea, belching, or indigestion are less common signs of a heart attack. However, these symptoms are more likely to be reported by women than men and are no less important.

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