When heart attacks come to mind, you probably have an idea of what the scene looks like from an outsider’s perspective. You may imagine your chest suddenly radiating with pain as you dramatically drop to the ground and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. You’re then whisked away to the ER where the doctors tell you your surprising prognosis. This scene is possible. Others, however, have plenty of signs beforehand. They just didn’t know what to look for.
We’ve all heard of arm pain and chest discomfort as possible signs, but the list doesn’t end there. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Unusual fatigue
Feeling tired from time to time is a part of life. However, Cleveland Clinic warns women should pay special attention if they’re dealing with unusual, sudden, and dramatic fatigue. More specifically, red flags related to fatigue as a sign of heart attack include being suddenly worn out after your usual workout, feeling excessively tired after simple tasks, such as making the bed, and struggling with sleep disturbances even though you’re overly tired.