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Vuyo Mbuli's death points to the importance of knowing the signs of a pending heart attack

by , 20 May 2013

‘Mornings just won't be the same again'. That seems to be the sentiment across most of the country following the death of Morning Live presenter Vuyo Mbuli. The cause of his death hasn't been confirmed yet, but it's believed Mbuli suffered a heart attack. This has many people questioning whether they actually know the signs of a pending heart attack, as it's not just the sharp chest pains and weakness down your left arm that you need to watch for…

 
SABC2′s Morning Live presenter Vuyo Mbuli died on Sunday morning after allegedly suffering a heart attack while watching a live rugby match in the Free State, says ThePublicNewsHub.
 
This has much of the nation paying attention to their heart health at the moment, but do you know the typical signs of a pending heart attack?
 
Because a study by the National Institutes of Health found that 95% of women who'd had heart attacks had been experiencing symptoms months before the actual heart attack.
 
And up to 43% of women having a heart attack don’t experience any chest pain at all, reports Prevention.com.
 
So you need to know what else to look for as that could be all it takes to get medical attention and ward off a heart attack.
 
Three unusual signs of a pending heart attack
 
Non-typical heart attack warning signs include pain that comes and goes anywhere from your jaw to your neck or shoulder to nausea and lower abdominal or stomach pain that arrives suddenly, without you having eaten anything unusual, says FSPHealth.
 
But you don’t have to panic and head to the doctor each time you have a cramp or muscle twinge.
 
Simply check that your resting heart rate (RHR) is lower than 70 beats per minute.
 
Here’s how to use your resting heart rate to check if you’re at risk of having a heart attack
 
If it’s higher than this, you have an 85% increased risk of dying of a heart attack.
 
All you need to do to check your RHR is put your fingers on your wrist where you can feel your heart pulse, or against the carotid artery in your neck when you’re in a relaxed state.
 
Then, count the number of beats your heart registers in 60 seconds, explains FSPHealth.
 
If it’s higher than 70 beats per minute and you’ve noticed some of the other heart attack warning signs, get yourself to a doctor – stat!
 

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