Many people believe that heart attack is manifested by clutching which appears as a result of a severe pain in the chest. However, almost 25% of all heart attacks are actually silent. It means they appear without any specific signs. Unfortunately, due to the lack of clear signs, patients do not seek immediate medical help.

Dr. Chauncey Crandall, an American cardiologist, has spent decades on minimization, prevention and reversal of cardiovascular diseases. During that time, he concluded that heart sends warning signs of possible heart attack even days or weeks before.

Here is a list of some early warning signs of heart attack in near future:


It is believed that swollen ankles or feet are associated with sitting or standing too much. However, heart problems may also cause accumulation of fluid in the body causing swollen abdomen, ankles, feet and legs. Consequently, patients lose their appetite and gain weight.


Most patients reported feeling anxiety before the actual moment when the heart attack happened. Although people who have anxiety attacks believe they are having heart attack instead, it is better to seek immediate medical help.

Pain in other parts of the body

The pain begins in the chest and then spreads towards the arms, shoulders, elbows, jaws, neck and even abdomen. The most common pain is usually felt in one of the arms or between the shoulder blades.


Heart failure may result in coughing up bloody phlegm or having wheezing or nagging cough. This is due to accumulation of fluids in the lungs.

Other symptoms of heart attack:

• Shortness of breath
• Discomfort in the chest
• Nausea
• Cold sweats
• Lightheadedness

Make sure you never ignore the above mentioned signs, especially if they last for more than 5-10 minutes. Immediately call an ambulance and take an aspirin, in case you are not allergic to it.