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These 8 Signs Could Warn You 1 Month Before Having a Heart Attack

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As the leading cause of death globally, taking care of your cardiovascular health is important. Modern medicine has discovered that diet, regular activity, and genetic predispositions all play a role in heart health.

Yet even the most prudently health-conscious can fall victim to any variety of cardiac events. Heart attacks, for example, have struck down people of varying health, ancestry, age, location, and socioeconomic status.

In conjunction to a commitment to a heart-healthy lifestyle, preparation is our best defense against this pervasive killer. Some warning signs are apparent a month before a life-threatening heart attack. Do you know them?

1) Hair Loss — Often dismissed as an aspect of male pattern baldness, sudden hair loss around the crown of the head has been linked to heart conditions. The risk is exponentially elevated if patients also have high-cholesterol.

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2) Abdominal Pain — Angina is pain that occurs due to the heart not getting a suitable flow of oxygen-rich blood. Whereas men will often feel this discomfort in the chest, women are more likely to feel this pain in the back and abdomen. Discomfort can be episodic.

3) Insomnia — While scientifically mysterious, sleep is imperative to proper human functioning. Insomnia increases insulin and c-reactive protein levels, thus boosting risk for cardiovascular conditions.

4) Unusual Fatigue — If you’re getting ample sleep, but still feeling exhausted, your body may be sending you a warning sign. This fatigue isn’t from strenuous mental or physical activity and gets worse as the day progresses.

5) Loss of Breath — Breathlessness (dyspnea) is one of the first signs of cardiac trouble, appearing up to six months before an event. Potentially paired with dizziness and fatigue, this warning sign effects both men and women.

6) Irregular Rhythms — Irregular heartbeat patterns (arrhythmia) and elevated heartrate (tachycardia) are abrupt episodes that can last a few minutes. If the irregularity persists, or is accompanied by dizziness and/or fatigue, contact your doctor.

7) Abnormal Perspiration — This warning sign is often dismissed as menopause in women but may actually be indicating a serious condition. Stay aware of clammy skin, flu-like symptoms, and sweat levels, particularly if they don’t match up with temperature or exertion

8) Chest Pain — Characterized by a constricting discomfort in chest, neck, shoulders, arms, and/or jaw. This hallmark warning sign for heart attacks only presents itself in 30% of women.

When in doubt, it’s always better to get symptoms checked out. Early detection can be the difference between death and survival.

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It should also be noted that men and women can present different warning signs for cardiovascular distress.

Regardless of your gender, however, if a symptom seems unusual, err on the side of caution and talk to your doctor.

We live in a time where abundance and overindulgence can lead good people to early graves more often than not.

A health-conscious lifestyle that is informed and responsive to risk factors and warning signs is an excellent defense against even genetic predispositions.

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