A heart attack occurs, in most cases, when a vessel supplying the heart muscle with blood and oxygen becomes completely blocked. This can occur when fatty deposits build within vessels. Clots can completely block the supply of blood to the heart muscle. The heart muscle will begin to die if the individual does not immediately seek medical attention.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Each year, approximately 1.2 million Americans suffer a heart attack. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, however, most heart attack start slowly with mild discomfort. We want you to recognize the early symptoms of a heart attack and call 911.
Signs of a heart attack include the following:
Chest pain or pressure
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
Shortness of breath
Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
Women, Elderly, or diabetics may be more likely to present with symptoms other than chest pain which include: Nausea, vomiting, dizziness and fainting.
If you have chest pain or other heart attack symptoms, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.