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A heart attack doesn't always strike out of the blue. Often, there are unusual symptoms in the days and weeks leading up to an attack.
It's not surprising that many people don't recognize these symptoms, however, since some of them may not be ones you expect, in fact, some are actually quite strange indeed.
So, what are some of these strange symptoms, which you should be aware of?
1. Jaw, Ear, Neck, or Shoulder Pain
Sharp pain in the chest and arm is an indicator of heart attack, however you may instead feel pain in your neck or shoulder area. Another area where pain is experienced is between the shoulder blades.
One way to know it's not just muscle pain, is if the pain comes and goes, rather than persisting unrelieved.
If you notice the pain seems to move around, it's important to talk to your doctor.
2. Exhaustion or Fatigue
We all get tired from time to time, but if you have experienced crushing or extreme fatigue in t...
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