How Sudden Is The Sudden Heart Attack?

Over the years we have all been shocked when a friend dies from a sudden heart attack. But is a sudden heart attack always so sudden?

Researchers studied the medical records of 567 men between 35 and 65 years of age who had an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. The results showed that 53 percent had symptoms prior to the attack. 56 percent of these men had chest pain, 13 percent experienced shortness of breath, and 4 percent dizziness, fainting or heart palpitations. These symptoms appeared from 4 weeks to one hour before the attack.  

The moral? If you ever notice any of these symptoms, it’s prudent to immediately see your doctor. This can be a life-saving decision.