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When most people think of a heart attack they think that someone has chest pain, a heart attack and it’s very sudden and unexpected. Fortunately for us, that is not the case all the time. Often times there are multiple signs of a heart attack beforehand, days or weeks, or signs that it may even be occurring if it is a mild heart attack. These signs then are important to prevent and recognize a heart attack if it does occur so that you can take the appropriate action to keep your heart healthy and active. By understanding these signs and symptoms you can take steps to improve your heart and cardiovascular health to prevent a heart attack from happening.

4 Signs A Potential Heart Attack is Near…

1. Chest Discomfort Or Tightness. Most heart attacks have some sort of discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, it can also go away and come back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

2. Discomfort In The Upper Body: Other signs can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. The heart pumps blood to these areas first so numbness or abnormalities should be paid attention too.

3. Shortness Of Breath: Shortness of breath without much physical activity can be a sign. Or even with a little physical activity that normally doesn’t give you shortness of breath. With or without chest discomfort this can still be a sign.

4. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat sporadically, nausea or feeling light headed. The feeling of much fatigue can be a sign as well as your heart is not strong and pumping blood and oxygen to the entire body.

Interestingly enough men and women can both have these symptoms but men tend to just have tightness of the chest and a feeling of pressure whereas women tend to have these symptoms also but nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, fatigue and back or jaw pain.

What can you do to ensure you do not have a heart attack? Keep an active and healthy lifestyle to keep your heart humming along. A diet rich in organic vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds (especially chia seeds which are incredibly nutritious for the heart), as well as an active lifestyle that includes a lot of walking and moving your body. Meditation and practicing breathing exercise and breathwork in general is beneficial to release stress and tension from the body that may restrict the heart as well.

Believe it or not, some people say that you can actually stop a heart attack in 30 seconds flat with the use of cayenne pepper. Many people believe that if a heart attack is in progress take liquid cayenne pepper extract and apply it topically to the chest area. The active compound capsaicin is responsible for opening up the blood flow to the heart. A better idea even yet is to just include cayenne pepper in your diet like many other cultures around the world that have this spice as a part of their diet! and guess what? These cultures have lower rates of heart disease than we do. Cayenne may work as a miracle cure in the form of a liquid extract but keep some on hand in your home and cook with it to prevent this potential attack in the first place.

Eat plenty of raw organic vegetables, get enough insoluble fiber, water and movement in your daily routine and you can completely prevent a heart attack from happening in the first place.