8. Indigestion and stomach pain
Because indigestion and stomach pain are so common among American adults, it can be easy to dismiss either condition during a heart attack. But a person with a history of heart disease should take the sudden, unexplained onset of indigestion and stomach pain very seriously.
Both men and women can experience indigestion and stomach pain during the early stages of a heart attack. The trick is to look for other symptoms, including chest pain and dizziness in men and jaw or upper back pain in women.
Many women who have had serious heart attacks have reported feeling extremely fatigued as the disease progressed. The key is to take note of recent activity. For example, if you’ve been active, sudden fatigue may be quite normal.
However, if you’ve been sitting for a while and haven’t moved around much, onset fatigue may be a sign of a heart attack. So, if you are suddenly tired that you can barely walk around the house, consider calling a doctor.
10. Shortness of breath
Many men and women who have had a heart attack remember feeling severe shortness of breath just before the disease became evident. It can happen very suddenly and even occur without chest pain or at the same time. This symptom is hard to ignore because it can leave a person unable to breathe deeply or effectively, even when you are just resting. Healthline describes it as « shortness of breath, which can make you feel like you can’t get enough air, even when you are resting. »
Often times, shortness of breath is accompanied by severe chest pain, but as we said before, it can also occur before. If any of these conditions – or other symptoms like dizziness, jaw pain, or excessive sweating – appear suddenly and unexpectedly, seek help immediately.