Heart Attack Signs

Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Heart attack?

Heart attack deaths kill 800,000 people per year in the US, but we can reduce that number by learning the signs and symptoms of heart attack and getting early heart attack care.  Symptoms of a heart attack can develop long before a major heart event occurs.  This is the opportunity to recognize the signs and prevent death or major heart damage.  If you or someone you know is having signs of a heart attack, get to medical care immediately.

Knowing your risk factors for developing heart disease is the first step in preventing heart disease. 

The following are RISKs FACTORS that cause you to be at a higher risk of heart disease. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk of having a heart attack or stroke

  • Aging
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of heart disease or stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Use tobacco
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Lack of physical activity
 

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

  • Tightness/pressure pain in chest    
  • Radiating pain down left arm
  • Lightheadedness / Dizziness
  • Indigestion / Heartburn
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Irregular Heart Beat(s)
  • Unusual Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cold Sweats
  • Anxiety                   
  • Pain/discomfort in jaw, neck, arms or back
 

Women are somewhat more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, back or jaw pain, weakness.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Do not deny the symptoms! 

Seek Emergency Care IMMEDIATLEY– CALL 911