Contrary to what everyone thinks, heart attacks are not always heralded by classic or obvious signs — including the infamous “Hollywood” heart attack, where the person clutches at her or his heart dramatically and that is doubled over with a severe pain in the chest.

Actually, around 25% of all heart attacks happen “silently,” and this means there are no recognizable or clear symptoms. Unfortunately, all of these silent heart attacks are in most cases fatal, mostly because a lot of people fail or delay to look medical treatment.

Dr. Chauncey Crandall is one of leading cardiologists in America and he has spent decades trying to reverse, minimize and prevent heart disease. During this time, he succeeded and understood that in most cases the heart does warn people for potential heart attack before that happens.


A lot of people think that ankle or feet swelling has something to do with sitting or too much standing. However, heart failure may also lead to fluid accumulation in the body, which can cause swelling in the abdomen or legs and in the ankles or in the feet.

Many people start to retain a lot of fluid and they think that have gained gain weight – in some cases even 10 pounds. At this time they mostly lose their appetite.


A lot of people who have survived heart attack claim that they had feelings of anxiety or doom attacks before the heart attacks happened. Even though a lot of people who have anxiety attacks think that they have a heart attack, and it is way better to be safe than to be sorry. That is why you should call 911.

Pain in different body parts

A lot of victims of heart attack feel pain in the chest, which afterwards spreads to the arms, shoulders, neck, back, jaw and even in the abdomen.

In some cases there is no certain chest pain — just pain in some of these body parts. The common pain is usually between the shoulder blades or in one or both arms. This pain can appear and be gone, but it should not fool you.


A lot of people who experience heart failure may cough up bloody phlegm, and some people will have wheezing or nagging cough which in some cases can mean a heart failure. This happens because of the fluids which are build-up in the lungs.

It is important to pay attention to this symptom and the other symptoms listed below as well.
The above mentioned are some hidden signs which people usually do not relate to a heart attack and below you can read some traditional and more common signs which you should be aware of.

• Breathe shortness.
• Discomfort in the chest.
• Nausea.
• Cold sweat.
• Lightheadedness.

Do not ignore the symptoms and wait for them to be gone. If the symptoms last more than 5 or 10 minutes, you should call 911 or go to the hospital. If you are not allergic to aspirin you should swallow or chew it.