Common warning signs of a heart attack

Common warning signs of a heart attack

  • Heart disease is a major epidemic, and is the leading cause of death here in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year, which is 1 in every 4 deaths.
  • Heart attacks are also a major problem in the United States.
  • According to the CDC: “Every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.”
  • Knowing the symptoms is crucial, as acting fast may minimize the damage to the body.
  • According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Early treatment for a heart attack can prevent or limit damage to the heart muscle. Acting fast, at the first symptoms of a heart attack, can save your life.”
  • Let’s look the entire body and break down signs of heart attacks.
  • Head:
  • Lightheadedness
  • Arms, back, jaw, neck:
  • Pain, discomfort, numbness
  • Chest:
  • Pain, pressure, fullness, squeezing (lasts more than a few minutes or comes and goes)
  • Lungs:
  • Trouble breathing (shortness of breath)
  • Stomach:
  • Upset stomach, urge to throw up
  • Other signs:
  • Tired for days or weeks before a heart attack occurs. Cold sweats. Women may have heartburn, heart flutters, or lose their appetite.
  • heart attacks signs
  • Note: The content on our website is for educational purposes only. Please consult your health practitioner or a qualified expert.
  • 1. “Heart Disease Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 Feb. 2014. Web. 26 Apr. 2014.
  • 2. “How Is a Heart Attack Treated?National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. National Institutes of Health, n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2014.
  • 3. “Warning Signs of a Heart American Heart Association, n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2014.
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