Although a heart attack can vary in intensity, there are common symptoms that people may experience. As more signs are checked off, it’s more likely you need to go to the Accidents and Emergency (A&E) department in a hospital. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) explained that people have different thresholds for pain, hence why symptoms can differ in intensity. Differing symptoms are often a reason most mistake the early warning signs and if breaking out in a sweat for no apparent reason, it could indicate a major risk factor for a heart attack.
Sweating appears to be the symptom that prompts more people suffering a heart attack to get to the hospital, researchers have discovered.
“Heart attack patients often deny symptoms, thereby delaying treatment, but those who sweat are more likely to seek treatment earlier,” said Dr Catherine Ryan, project coordinator of medical-surgical nursing in the department of nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Sweating more than usual especially if you aren’t exercising or being active could be an early warning sign of heart problems, said Healthline.
The health site added: “Pumping blood through clogged arteries takes more effort from your heart, so your body sweats more to try to keep your body temperature down during the extra exertion.
“If you experience cold sweats or clammy skin, then you should consult your doctor.
“Night sweats are also a common symptom for women experiencing heart troubles.
“Women may mistake this symptom for an effect of menopause.
“However, if you wake up and your sheets are soaked or you cannot sleep due to your sweating, this could be a sign of a heart attack, especially in women.”
Breaking out into a sudden sweat for no apparent reason is actually a common symptom of a heart attack but many are unaware of this.
Sweating profusely when you don’t have a fever and are not exerting yourself or in a hot environment – especially if accompanied by other symptoms including light-headedness, shortness of breath, nausea, or chest pain – may be a symptom of a heart attack.
Excessive sweating is one of the earliest warning signs of a heart attack.
If some of the body’s arteries are clogged with fatty deposits, the heart needs to work harder to make sure blood is pumped around the body.
The result is excessive sweating and is a symptom of a heart attack.
How to lower your risk
According to the NHS, doing at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week can help reduce the risk of having a heart attack.
The data supports the case for exercising.
A study published in the European Heart Journal found that greater cardiorespiratory fitness was linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
The researchers found that, in both men and women, the risk of cardiovascular problems fell by 15 percent for every extra unit of measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness.