How To Identify Warning Signs Of A Heart Attack

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Before a heart attack hits you hard, certain warning signs could help you avert a critical situation. Be wary of them.

Heart diseases are the leading cause of death and heart attack is one of the manifestations of heart diseases. A heart attack can develop over a period of time in some conditions while sudden and unalarmed in others. Where it develops over some time if you’re careful enough you can read through the warning signs and take adequate precautions.

Given below are some of the signs of heart attack which can be read easily and thus help in foiling a serious threat:

Chest discomfort: The earliest and most common warning sign of heart attack is heaviness or discomfort in the chest. Sometimes people might confuse a burning sensation from acid reflux as heart attack or heart attack as acid reflux, latter leading to a perilous situation. It is important not to take the sign for granted and rush to the doctor if it occurs more than once. If someone else is complaining of the chest pain, you may not know for certain if it’s first or the second time, hence rush them to the doctor for a quick check up no matter what.

Shortness of breath: If you experience Shortness of Breath even under circumstances which never seemed to create a problem earlier, for example after a short walk, only a little climb up the stairs, or routine exercises, you must take that as a warning sign. Even in absence of chest discomfort heavy breathing is a sufficient sign for you to take precautions and visit a doctor.

Sweating: Although you can do nothing about sweating in hot conditions, sweating copiously even when it is cool enough warrants attention. If you observe uncommon sweating, see the doctor.

Nausea: A continuous nauseating feeling might warn towards the commencement of a heart attack. It shouldn’t be overlooked especially when nausea has been there for a while without any obvious reason. It could be a result of an arterial block.

Fatigue: If you’re experiencing undue fatigue even after slight activity or exercise, excessive stress, or a weakness feeling even after eating and sleeping well, it can be a sign of impending heart attack.

Arms numbness: Sometimes you might experience numbness in your arms or they might even seem to be drifting towards a side, it might mean a heart attack is on its way.

Motor/sensory insensitivity: If one or more parts of the body stop responding, you cannot ignore the sign. It’s certainly hinting towards a serious situation. Commonly arms, shoulders and back of the neck might be affected.

Slurring of speech: Well, if you’re finding it difficult to speak out your words properly be cautioned. Difficulty in speaking coherently is another sign of heart attack, a serious one in fact. Check with people around yourself to see if they are able to understand your speech. If they find you slurring it means you need to visit the doctor.


If you read the warning signs correctly and in time a heart attack could be avoided. Immediately seek medical attention as soon as you’ve identified one or more of the signs mentioned above. Even if it wasn’t a heart attack and just a minor issue, a visit to doctor is warranted. Always remember prevention is better than cure.

  • Nitin

    Thanks for sharing the symptoms; knowing them in prior, one can take appropriate steps to avert a heart attack. Apart from that, the post could be way more awesome if you could have shared some prevention or some measures to prevent the heart attack. Or you can draft a new post on the same topic.

    -Nitin

    • Saurabh Singhal

      Thanks Nitin! I will add another post on the preventive measures and preliminary symptoms by tomorrow. Sure visit the blog to check out the post. For easy navigation, you can bookmark our blog. I am sure, you will never miss out on interesting information posted here every single day.
      Cheers!

    • Thanks for the feedback, Nitin. W’ll surely add prevention measures and ‘treatment at home’ soon, apart from covering a lot many diseases.