Sweating profusely could be an early sign of a heart attack, especially if the patient isn’t exercising or being active.
Pumping blood through the body becomes more difficult when the heart becomes weaker, so the body uses more energy to deliver the blood supply.
To cool itself down after the assertion, the body may sweat more than usual.
It’s recommended to see a GP if you experience cold sweats, or clammy skin.
“The typical heart attack symptoms include chest pain, shoulder and arm pain, and neck and jaw discomfort,” said Dr Catherine Ryan, Project Co-ordinator of Medical-Surgical Nursing at the University of Illinois.
“Bells should ring off if a person suddenly starts sweating profusely.
“They shouldn’t think they have the flu. If they don’t have fever, then they should start to thing about something else.”
Night sweats are also a common sign of a heart attack, but some women may mistake it as an effect of menopause, according to medical website Healthline.
If a patient wakes up to find their bed sheets are soaking wet, or if they can’t sleep due to sweating, they should seek medical help.
A heart attack is caused when the blood supply to the heart is suddenly blocked. This could be seriously damaging to the heart, and may end in death, the NHS warned.
The condition can even lead to a cardiac arrest – where the heart stops pumping blood around the body.
Heart attacks could be caused by coronary heart disease. This is where arteries become clogged up with deposits of cholesterol, called plaques. The plaques can burst, blocking up the entire artery.
People most at risk of heart disease are smokers, diabetics, people with high blood pressure, and people that are overweight.
Lifestyle changes is the most effective way of lowering the risk of heart attacks, the NHS said.
Reducing the amount of high fat foods in the diet may reduce the risk of the condition. Patients should avoid foods with high levels of saturated fat, including butter, cakes, sausages and cream.
Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) will also help to reduce the risk of a fatal heart attack.