Heart attack symptoms can be subtle. Your reaction shouldn’t be.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in our country. If you were having a heart attack, would you know it? Would you be able to recognize the symptoms? Knowing the answers can save a life—maybe your own. Chest discomfort may be nothing at all, or it could be a serious cardiac condition. Rather than “wait it out” or take a chance, get help fast. Early intervention minimizes the amount of permanent damage that can be
done to the heart. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack and where to seek help could mean the difference between life and death.
Symptoms of a heart attack may seem subtle at first but can worsen quickly. Call 911 if you suspect you might be having a heart attack. Do not drive yourself. Taking an ambulance will ensure you receive immediate and appropriate care.
Who is at risk?
While some risk factors, such as your age and family history of heart disease, are beyond your control, others can be modified in order to prevent a heart attack.
Common risk factors:
High blood pressure
Ask your primary care provider to assess your risk for
developing heart disease and give you recommendations to improve your heart’s health. Knowing how to prevent heart disease and reduce your risk factors is the first step to a healthier future.
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Chest discomfort: uncomfortable pressure, tightness, or squeezing in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or comes and goes in waves
Shortness of breath: often occurs with or before chest discomfort
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: can be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
Sweating, nausea, indigestion, dizziness, light-headedness
Women, the elderly, or diabetics: may be more likely to present with symptoms other than chest pain,
such as shortness of breath, back pain, and nausea and vomiting