You’ll probably be shocked to hear that there are over 1 million deaths per year in the US caused by coronary artery disease or a cardiovascular disease, which cause heart attacks.

Heart attack is now the most commonly encountered cardiovascular disease. Heart attacks usually occur when there isn’t any blood flow to some parts of the heart and the most usual cause for this is blockage of the artery (plaque). Plaque is builds up in the arteries and creates blood clots that block the blood flow.

Sadly, cardiovascular diseases don’t come with warnings, or, at least that’s what we believed up till now. Experts claim that heart attack has several usual symptoms, but the majority of people don’t know them – at least not until it’s too late.

In fact, there are people who actually noticed that something was wrong, but they didn’t pay a lot of attention to the issue and left it without proper treatment.

The key is EARLY DETECTION. A recently conducted study in the Center for Disease Prevention and Control it has been shown that 92 percent of those who had a heart attack had chest discomfort as an early heart attack symptom. Just 27% of those recognized that this symptom may indicate a heart attack and called 911 right on time.

1. Short breath –this means that if you don’t suffer from asthma or a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the inability to catch a breath may indicate just a couple of things – among which is the heart attack. Dizziness can also be a symptom of cardiovascular problem or heart attack, particularly when it’s accompanied by short breath.

2. Chest pain –the majority of people know that pain in the chest is a commonly encountered symptom of heart attack and they are aware what it means. Chest pain can be triggered by numerous factors, such as muscle cramping, pulmonary disease, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and the like. Medical experts say that the pain that results in a heart attack is usually under the breast bone or a little on the left from the center.

3. Dizziness – if you have fast and irregular heart rate accompanied by short breath, dizziness and weakness, you should immediately see the doctor, since it may be a symptom of a heart attack. This symptom is sometimes associated with heart failure and arrhythmia. Treat this condition, because if you left it untreated, it may lead to a devastating health issue.

4. Fatigue – fatigue is a commonly encountered symptom of a heart attack. Medical experts from the Heart Foundation in Britain have discovered that women have greater risk to experience weakness or tiredness, or both, before the heart attack.

5. Persistent Coughs –in most cases, this is not a symptom of heart issue. But if you already have a heart disease or you know that you are at risk, pay attention to this possibility. Having a long-lasting cough that produces a pink or white mucus may be a symptom of heart failure. This occurs when the heart cannot keep up with the demands of the body, causing the blood to leak in the lungs.

6. Swelling – the last one, but certainly not something to ignore, is the swelling! The effort of your heart to pump blood can make the blood swell, which results in bloating. Note: the legs, ankles and feet are major swelling points.

So, if you notice some of these abovementioned symptoms immediately consult your doctor and go to regular checkups.