4 Signs Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic Patients May Be Having A Heart Attack Before It Happens

If you have Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Conduct Dialysis or all of the above, you probably are already aware that you are at an elevated risk of having a Cardiovascular (Heart) Event such as a Heart Attack. In fact, Heart Attacks are the major cause of death in both Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes populations. 

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Contrary to common knowledge, heart attacks seldom pop-up out of nowhere. "Your body may be trying to warn you of an impending Heart Attack for days, weeks, perhaps even a month or two before it occurs," suggested Dr. Chauncey Crandall (Cardiologist). Unfortunately, by the time you actually recognize you’re suffering a heart attack, it could be too late to prevent death or irreversible physical and mental damage. 

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To protect yourself, you just have to know what to look for before a Heart Attack happens. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense as illustrated in Hollywood movies, but this is NOT always the case. Most heart attacks in fact start very slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and sadly wait too long before getting critically important help. Don't let that be you! Pay close attention to the following signs:

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Chest Pain: If you feel discomfort in the center of your chest that lasts for more than just a few minutes, or that goes away and then reoccurs you may be suffering a heart attack. One patient who suffered an attack said, "Take your pointer finger and press hard into your chest. That's what it felt like." It can also feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort: In general, discomfort symptoms associated with a Heart Attack can further include pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Nausea & Sweating: "This is what happened to me and I neglected telling anyone, but I was overcome with excessive cold sweats and had a big knot in my stomach," one patient admitted. You may or may not vomit while you are suffering a Heart Attack.

Shortness Of Breath: Shortness of breath may or may not accompany the first 3 symptoms but most likely will. 

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Other signs may include dizziness or lightheadedness. Remember that even if you are unsure whether or not you are having a heart attack or experiencing signs of one impending, have it checked out. While your Physician can give you insights, minutes do count! Hence, if the matter seems urgent do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 immediately.

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"These 4 Things Happen Right Before a Heart Attack." Http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/. Newsmax Media, Inc.

"Warning Signs of a Heart Attack." Http://www.heart.org/. American Heart Association, Inc.

Boyles, Salynn. "Diabetes Increases Heart Attack Risk." Http://www.webmd.com/. WebMD, LLC.