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Heart Attack Signs You Should Know To Survive When You Are Alone



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Keep these heart attack signs in mind to increase your chances of survival, especially when no one’s around but yourself!

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  1. Heart Attack Warning Signs

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Heart Attack Warning Signs

Knowing heart attack signs is crucial, especially if an attack that strikes you when you’re alone or unable to call 911. To increase your chances of survival, make sure you know some heart attack treatment and recognize warning signs, so you know what to do in case of an emergency.

Treatment within the first signs of a heart attack and symptoms can decrease the damage to your heart and even save your life. Here are the heart attack signs to keep in mind plus the things you need to do for each sign.

1. Chest Discomfort or Pain

Woman heart pain | Heart Attack Signs You Should Know To Survive When You Are Alone

Experiencing chest pain is a classic sign of a heart attack. The feeling can come and go, last for a few minutes, or stay and intensify for even longer.

Once you recognize this feeling, stop whatever you’re doing and proceed to a safe place. Try to relax to slow down your heart rate.

This will prevent further damage to the heart.

2. Difficulty in Breathing

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Having difficulties in breathing may happen before a heart attack, along with chest pain. One of the heart attack symptoms is shortness of breathing and wheeze for more air.

Preemptive measures, like coughing multiple times and inhaling then exhaling it very forcefully, can lessen this effect. Repeat these tactics every two to three seconds for maximum effect.

3. Weakness

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Try to relax your body so as not to exert the heart and worsen the damage. If you’re not allergic to aspirin, chew one, as this makes your body absorb it faster.

A simple, uncoated aspirin tablet can be life-saving in an event like this. It’s good to know heart attack prevention that will be very useful in situations like this.

Aspirin Definition: It is a platelet inhibitor which can help dissolve the clot that has been formed which is the root cause of the attack. It is advisable to keep one in your first-aid kit.

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4. Pain in the Upper Abdomen, Heartburn-like

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This can occur with or without pain in the chest area, which will likely resemble heartburn. It usually feels more like discomfort rather than a heart attack symptom.

This pain is typically ignored due to its commonality and association with gastrointestinal disorders. Women are more likely to experience this kind of symptom and should be more aware of it as well.

If you feel you’re at risk of heart disease and the pain you feel is unusual, it’s best to assess yourself for heart attack signs and do first aid immediately or perhaps, grab some healthy fruits or berries if you have some at home.

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5. Profuse Sweating and Anxiety

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People have also described heart attacks where they break out in a cold sweat and feel a sense of impending doom. One way to alleviate this is by trying to cool your body’s temperature.

Use a cool cloth and put it on your wrists or under the armpits. You can also remove any clothing that is warming up the body too much.

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6. Nausea, Vomiting, Indigestion

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Less typical but possible heart attack signs can be nausea, vomiting, and indigestion. Sometimes, flatulence, characterized by frequent belching, is also experienced.

If waves of nausea and vomiting come along with chest pain and shortness of breath, it’s more probable that it’s not just stomach flu or indigestion.

It’s more important to do what you can to remain calm and take deep breaths.

7. Feeling Unwell

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Some people who are about to suffer a heart attack will feel generally unwell. These are signs of a woman’s heart attack, not believing they’re about to suffer a heart attack and just blame it on their hormones.

Feeling dizzy and anxious for no established cause can indicate there is not enough oxygenated blood going to your heart. Be wary of this feeling, especially if you’re also suffering from other heart attack signs such as chest discomfort and difficulty in breathing.


Here are some more tips on how to survive a heart attack when alone courtesy of Susana Home Remedies:

Although this article outlines the common signs and symptoms of a heart attack, other people may only experience mild or combined symptoms. Knowing all these heart attack signs is good but preventing this event should still be the priority.

Now that you’re aware of these signs, be more alert and always listen to what your body is telling you.

Have you ever encountered these heart attack signs in a survival situation? Share with us how you approached the situation and powered through in the comments section below!

Up Next: CPR: Performing and Becoming Certified

Heart Attack Signs You Should Know To Survive When You Are Alone |

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 20, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. Lois Gebhart

    January 24, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Thank you for this information , both my parents died from heart attacks. I am a 59 year old female with cops. My doctor already has me on a few medications to avoid the same fate for me. Also I quit smoking almost a year now. I live alone so these tips mean a lot to me.

  2. Dave

    January 24, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    If you have any of these signs or symptoms don’t hesitate or try to make it all better. DIAL 911 immediately. Get help and save heart muscle.

  3. Tom Heberding SR

    January 24, 2018 at 7:14 PM

    I had a heart attack on 12/11/17 I had a few of the signs I was at work when it happens I made back to my desk and dialed 911 the paramedics saved my life if youj feel any of the signs call right away I had two stints put in and have made a full recovery

  4. jumpoffa

    January 24, 2018 at 10:32 PM

    Even though the symptoms above does describe what could be the beginning of a heart attack, (basically what a man experiences), it doesn’t give the complete picture. The symptoms for a man are different from that of a woman. If you are a woman please talk to your doctor. You can also contact the American Heart Association.

    Know the difference and know what pertains to your sex – it could mean the difference between you living or dying from a heart attack. They are: breathing difficulties, heavy perspiration, disrupted sleep (waking from a deep sleep unable to catch your breath), Exhaustion, stomach cramps, sharp upper body pain, jaw pain (teeth too), rapid heart rate, chest pains, nausea, pain in EITHER ARM, sudden diarrhea.

    I lost a very dear friend because I didn’t know that the symptoms were different between a man verses a woman. Check out this web site for more information:

  5. mia

    January 24, 2018 at 10:43 PM

    Think the article’s v misleading, call 911,period. Yeah take the aspirin, cough, while waiting 4 the medics 2 come

    • Eugene Daniels

      July 8, 2018 at 7:12 AM

      The author did say “if you can’t call 911”. My Dad was 70 & had chronic low blood pressure, but otherwise appeared to be in good health. That morning he felt “bad” & had some of the mild symptoms listed above, but did not know about them. He told Mom that he didn’t feel well & would rest some after he went to the woods to get some wood for the furnace. He made it back from the woods, to the basement, dragging a armload of branches. He set the axe down & turned toward the furnace & dropped face first onto the concrete floor with a massive heart attack. Mom found him hours later when she woke up to a cold house. The coroner said he was dead before he it the concrete. If they had known the symptoms & the above suggestions, perhaps the outcome would have been different.

    • Mike

      July 8, 2018 at 7:22 AM

      There are places where you cannot call 911 and also situations where a phone is not available. Therefore, it’s nice to be able to do anything you can to survive.


    January 25, 2018 at 1:16 AM

    At 32 I had back pain around where my lungs would be in the back and severe pain in my RIGHT forearm. I didn’t pay any attention to it and went to my kids basketball game and then to target. The pain in my forearm became very intense. I went to the bathroom (still not sure why) and came out pouring sweat. My wife called 911 and sure as can be I had a heart attack. Luckily the kids went to grandma’s after the game and the hospital was literally around the corner. Don’t try to tell yourself it’s not something serious if these aren’t the only symptoms you have. Tue doctor told me that “heart attack symptom warnings” are misleading and ofyen not what we are taught to look for. Please be safe. The kicker is that Easter was the magical day this happened.

    • jumpoffa

      January 25, 2018 at 1:30 AM

      I’m glad your O.K. Thank-you for confirming what I had said. There are different symptoms for both men and women. Women really need to know the symptoms because they are not really taught. It was thought that more men had heart attacks than women. That isn’t so as it turns out. Women have just as many heart attacks as men; it is only the symptoms are different.

  7. Lucy Aligiah

    May 2, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    I am 64. After my Congestive Heart Failure diagnosis in 2009 my first symptom were feet swelling, energy loss and chest pains. Suddenly I got weak and dizzy and had severe shortness of breath. My blood pressure was 200/100, respiration was 28 with oxygen saturation of 88 percent. I was extremely short of breath. My doctor started me on blood pressure medications, Lasix and nitroglycerin, the medications helped but not much. In January this year my PCP referred me to Rich Herbs Foundation, i immediately started on their natural organic CHF FORMULA treatment. I had a total decline in all symptoms including the leg and feet swellings, shortness of breath, fatigue, weight problems, excess urination, chest pains and others. Visit Rich Herbs Foundation web page ww w. richherbsfoundation. com. The CHF treatment totally reversed my congestive heart failure condition and most amazingly i can go about my daily activities!

  8. Don Sparkman

    July 8, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Great information. Especially as a senior and can hear a trumpet wailing in the distance. At my age, you take a lot of things more seriously—so we seniors. Thanks for offering this information.

  9. Fizzlecat

    July 11, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    As a nurse, we learned that it is better not to cool off too quickly with a heart attack- chilling causes vasoconstriction, which narrows blood vessels. A small clot can more easily completely cut off circulation to the heart muscle with constricted vessels. That’s why so many die of heart attacks while shoveling snow…
    Loosen tight clothing, sit propped up to aide breathing and try to relax. Call for help any way you can. Chewing on an aspirin, if you are not allergic, is a good idea.

  10. Kathy

    July 18, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    sometimes I experience pain in my chest like something is skweezing my heart or some one is standing on my chest. I do start to cough and drink water that seems to help and it goes away. I don’t have any other of the suggested symptoms.

    should I be concerned??

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