Some might assume that going into cardiac arrest is something that everyone knows the signs and symptoms of. However, that isn’t always the case. While some symptoms in the lead up to having a heart attack are well known there are some that aren’t. There is a reason it’s called the silent killer. If you are unsure whether or not you’ve just suffered from a heart attack, go see your doctor immediately!
In the lead up to going into cardiac arrest a lot of patients say they felt extreme fatigue in the days leading up. Not your usual hasn’t had enough sleep kind of tiredness but an extreme kind. When you’re unable to do simple tasks that normally aren’t an issue for you. This is mainly because during a heart attack blood flow to the heart is reduced which then in turns put extra stress on your muscles to perform.
2. Sore back, arms or chest
While most people are aware that pain in your chest is a sure sign of a heart attack, it’s also very likely to have pain in other less well known areas like your back and arms. Some avid exercisers say they felt pain while they were working out before they had a heart attack but put it down to the strenuous activity.
3. Difficulty breathing
Feeling short of breath when you’ve just run up a flight of stairs is fairly normal, but randomly have bouts of inability to breath or needing to catch your breath when you are sitting down for example, is not normal. A sign to look out for when dealing with heart attacks is whether or not you are struggling to breath when you first wake up.
If you do experience some sort of heart burn in your day to day life that’s completely fine and you shouldn’t stress out just from this one symptom. However, if heart burn isn’t normal for you and you find yourself feeling heart burn in your chest, this could be a sign you are either just about to have a heart attack or it’s already happening.
5. Feeling off
Put it down to intuition but a lot of people who have suffered from a heart attack say they knew something was off before it even happened. Almost as though their body was trying to prepare them for what was about to happen. So, if you’re experiencing one or more of these signs and symptoms get yourself to the emergency room or your local GP as soon as possible.