Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 735,000 people in the U.S. have a heart attack each year. A heart attack can be the result of several factors such as stress, bad diet and excessive alcohol use. Below are a few ways to identify heart attack before it happens.

Discomfort in the chest

The pain will typically come from the center or the left side of your chest and will last for a few minutes. It may feel like squeezing, heartburn or indigestion.

Loss or shortness of breath

Even the most in shape people are prone to heart attacks so don’t ignore this feeling. Shortness of breath can happen before or during discomfort in the chest.

Light-headedness or nausea

Poor circulation in the body causes your brain to receive less blood, which can make you feel lightheaded or nauseous. Cold sweats is another symptom that will happen alongside the light-headedness and nausea. Even though it may feel like you have a cold, it is important that you don’t ignore these symptoms.

Upper body pain

Pain in your upper body, such as your shoulders, back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach then you want to be careful.