The common misconception when it comes to heart attacks is that they are sudden. However, most start slowly and there are even gradual signs and symptoms that can be detected. Mild pain or discomfort play an important role in detecting symptoms of a heart attack.
According to a leading media portal, sweating profusely could be an early sign of a heart attack, especially if the patient isn’t exercising or being active. Pumping blood may become difficult when the heart becomes weaker and so it uses more energy to do so. To cool down later, the body may sweat more than usual. Dr Catherine Ryan, a project coordinator of Medical-Surgical Nursing at the University of Illinois, said, “The typical heart attack symptoms include chest pain, shoulder and arm pain, and neck and jaw discomfort. Bells should ring off if a person suddenly starts sweating profusely.” She added, “They shouldn’t think they have the flu. If they don’t have a fever, then they should start to think about something else.”
Night sweats are another symptom that we tend to brush off especially women who misconceive it as an effect of menopause. People most at risk of heart disease are smokers, diabetics, people with high blood pressure, and people that are overweight and exercise and maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) will help avoid the above symptoms and hence the chances of a heart attack.