If you have a heart problem, you should be wary of signs that your body could be showing you that you’re about to have an attack. Unfortunately, not all heart issues can give you clear symptoms. You may have seen in movies that the victim clutches his chest and then falls to the floor.

This is not always the case. In fact, heart symptoms don’t always happen in your chest. However, there are problems and signals that you should watch out for and these can give you a clue that you have an impending attack:

Cold Sweat

Heart attacks are perceived by the body as an acute stressor, which prompts it to provide a fight or flight response. As a result, a person who’s about to have a heart attack will start having cold sweats. While there are times when cold sweats are normal, you should be cautious, especially if there is no reason for you to break out sweats.


Heart Attack Illustration SNIf you suddenly feel nauseous for any reason, this should already raise a red flag. Nausea is often caused by an overworked parasympathetic nervous system and you shouldn’t have this unless there’s a problem with your health.


Heartburns are not usually a cause for worrying because they can be due to other simple factors, such as gulping too much air while eating or drinking. However, a heart attack reduces the blood flow to the arteries and you will suddenly feel symptoms that are similar to heartburn. These include:

  • Burning in the chest
  • Burning in the throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Discomfort

While heartburn may be easy to spot and it can seem like normal, if it comes with other symptoms, you should be concerned.

Other Symptoms

Some people who have survived a heart attack say that they had the following symptoms before they had the attack:

  • Sudden anxiety: Feeling of doom and having a panic attack (often unexplainable) can be sign of an impending heart attack.
  • Rapid pulse: Irregular pulse rate that’s often too rapid can be a sign that you’re going to have a heart attack. This is especially true if there are other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea, and weakness.
  • Shortness of breath: Even if you haven’t moved a muscle, but you’re panting, this is a red flag.

Heart disease is scary, but it is preventable. Take care of yourself by eating healthy and exercising regularly. Also, visit your healthcare provider to get your checkup. Quit smoking and avoid stress to live a healthier and longer life.