Sometimes the symptoms indicating heart problems can be quite complex. It is not easy to recognize them, and we are always ready to attribute them to something else, such as bad stomach, fatigue or muscle pain. Learn how to recognize the symptoms indicating heart problems, before it’s too late!

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Cardiovascular diseases are one of the most common causes of death in the world, from which about 17.3 million people are dying every year. Experts estimate that this figure will grow even more, and that by 2030, 23 million people will die of diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

According to the World Heart Federation, at least 80 percent of premature deaths, due to diseases of the heart and blood vessels, can be avoided if the main risk factors, such as poor eating habits, smoking and physical inactivity, are put under control.

The average heart beats 72 times in a minute; about 100,000 times in a whole day; about 3,600,000 times in a year, and about 2.5 billion times during the entire human life. Watch out for your heart!

Sometimes, the symptoms of heart problems, among which most common is the myocardial infarction, or commonly called a heart attack, can be complex and it is not easy to recognize them. We often attribute them to something else, such as bad stomach, insufficient sleep, fatigue, or pain muscles. The following is an overview of the ten most common symptoms of a heart attack.

10 Most Common Symptoms That You Might Experience 30 Days, Or Less, Before A Heart Attack

1. Anxiety
A heart attack can cause extreme anxiety or fear of death. People who have experienced a heart attack explain that they felt strange before the heart attack, as if expecting something terrible to happen. It sure did!

2. Chest Discomfort
Pain, or discomfort, in the chest area is a common and typical symptom of heart attack. The pain is usually situated in the middle of the sternum, or slightly to the left, and it may feel like a pressure. Patients describe feeling as if they had something very heavy “sitting” on their chest. However, not all chest pains are a symptom of a heart attack. They can sometimes arise from a completely different situation.

3. Cough
Constant cough can be a symptom of heart failure, a result of fluid buildup in the lungs. Sometimes, even bloody coughs are possible.

4. Fatigue
Unusual tiredness can be observed, particularly in women, a few days before a heart attack. Constant exhaustion should not always be attributed to low pressure and weather changes, so it is best to contact yo1ur doctor for a full body checkup.

5. Nausea And Loss Of Appetite
The feelings of nausea, stomach weakness and vomiting are not uncommon when it comes to heart attack. Abdominal swelling, related with this heart problem, can also affect appetite.

6. Pain In Other Parts Of The Body
In most cases, the pain starts in the chest and spreads to the neck, jaw, shoulders, arms, elbows, back, and stomach. However, there is a possibility for absence of chest pain, so that the pain occurs in other parts of the body. Likewise, depending on the part of the heart affected by the heart attack, the patient may first feel pain in its left or right hand. There is no rule when the pain is first felt.

7. Fast And Irregular Pulse
Doctors claim that an occasional skipping of heart beats may not be a concern, but accelerated or irregular pulse, especially if it is accompanied by a feeling of dizziness or weakness, and loss of breath, can be a sign of heart attack, heart failure or arrhythmia. If arrhythmia is not treated, it can lead to stroke, or even sudden death!

8. Sweating
If you are suddenly bathed in a cold sweat, in the middle of some undemanding activity, such as watching TV or reading newspaper, it is possible that you just had a heart attack. Go get checked!

9. Swelling
A heart attack can cause a fluid buildup in the body, causing swelling of the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen. Pay attention to sudden weight gain and loss of appetite.

10. Weakness
Some people may feel intense and unexplainable weakness, a few days before a heart attack, as well as during the attack. If you feel like you are putting a great effort in simple activities, such as walking, contact your doctor.