While preventative measures offer the best protection against a heart attack, it’s also important to be aware of a variety of symptoms. Joel Rose, Chief Executive of Cardiomyopathy UK said, there are similarities between the symptoms of a heart attack and those associated with cardiomyopathy. (Also read: Get rid of menopausal complaints with soy)
“People generally notice common symptoms such as pain in the chest or upper and lower left arm, in case of a heart attack,” Rose said.
“But they often don’t attribute other symptoms, which we consider a red flag, and are common in those with cardiomyopathy, and can lead to heart attacks,” he continued.
Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that stops the heart from pumping effectively. As Rose explains, swelling in the abdomen or ankles is a sign of both heart problems.
Other signs include palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting. More and more doctors are linking heart attacks in fit and healthy individuals with cardiomyopathy. “If you’re going through any of this, you should talk to your doctor,” advises Rose.
“Many heart conditions can be inherited, so it’s also important for your doctor to have a history of heart disease or sudden death in your family even if you don’t have any symptoms,” he continued.
Changing your lifestyle is the most effective way to prevent heart attacks. One of the most important preventive measures is to commit to a healthy diet. This is because eating unhealthy, high-fat foods will make hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) worse and increase the risk of heart attack. (Also read: Follow the Diet of Pregnant Women, Irwansyah: My cheeks are getting bigger)
Continuing to eat foods high in fat will cause more fatty plaque to build up in the arteries. This is because fatty foods contain an unhealthy type of cholesterol called LDL cholesterol. Foods high in unsaturated fats, such as pies and fried foods, contain LDL cholesterol.