Surprising Signs Of A Heart Problem

A man with a glowing heart beneath his bare chest( — We’ve all read the common signs of a heart attack posted on the walls of our doctor’s office. But what if there were other, earlier signs that could alert you ahead of time that something was wrong with your heart?

Actually, there are. Researchers have spent a lot of time analyzing the signs and symptoms that patients commonly experienced in the months, or even years, leading up to a heart attack.

“The heart, together with the arteries that feed it, is one big muscle, and when it starts to fail the symptoms can show up in many parts of the body,” says cardiologist Jonathan Goldstein of St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Here are five clues that your heart needs checking out – that you wouldn’t otherwise suspect.

1. Neck Pain

Feel like you pulled a muscle in the side of your neck? Think again, especially if it doesn’t go away. Post-heart attack, some patients remember noticing that their neck hurt and felt tight, a symptom they attributed at the time to muscle strain. People commonly miss this symptom because they expect the more dramatic acute pain and numbness in the chest, shoulder, and arm.