Health professionals might have a new heart attack warning sign to watch for, according to Economic Times.
Sweating, in a time of little or no physical activity, could be a precursor to cardiac arrest. This is due to the heart having restricted blood flow to the body, forcing your heart to work harder. As a result, your body heats up from the extra energy expenditure. When your body is warm, you sweat.
Dr. Caterine Ryan of the University of Illinois delineates the common signs of heart attacks, saying, “The typical heart attack symptoms include chest pain, shoulder and arm pain, and neck and jaw discomfort. Bells should ring off if a person suddenly starts sweating profusely.”
Without those symptoms, you likely aren’t having a heart attack but could potentially be suffering from a condition called hyperhidrosis. The only notable symptom of this condition is excessive sweating.
Humans have somewhere between two and four million sweat glands. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that, when left untreated, leaves the body producing excessive sweat in non-active circumstances.
This condition is most keenly felt in the palms, but full body sweating can occur. Anxiety and fear also tend to act as triggering mechanisms for excessive sweating, but in hyperhidrosis patients, this isn’t necessary.
Though the condition is not dangerous, per say, it often is mentally painful for those afflicted to cope with. Self-consciousness, anxiety, and depression are commonly developed over time due to lack of confidence in those with the condition.
As far as heart attacks are concerned, if you are aware you have hyperhidrosis, or have had a sweating problem before now, there’s probably no need to worry.
If you have started sweating profusely out of nowhere though, it might be best to take Dr. Ryan’s statement seriously and air on the side of caution if you unexpectedly burst out sweating.