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Heart Attack Symptoms

A heart attack is a frightening event, and you probably don't want to think about it. But, if you learn the symptoms of a heart attack and what steps to take, you can save a life–maybe your own.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack? Many people think a heart attack is sudden and intense, like a "movie" heart attack, where a person clutches his or her chest and falls over. 

The truth is that many heart attacks start slowly, as a mild pain or discomfort. If you feel such a symptom, you may not be sure what's wrong. Your symptoms may even come and go. Even those who have had a heart attack may not recognize their symptoms, because the next attack can have entirely different ones.

If you are having heart attack symptoms CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!  Do not delay.  Don't waste time wondering if you really are having one.  Get help now!

Symptoms of a heart attack are:

 Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
 Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
 Shortness of breath. Often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
 Other symptoms. May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
 For women:  As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these heart attack symptoms CALL 911 IMMEDIATELYDo not delay.  Don't waste time wondering if you really are having one.  Get help.   Even if you don't think you're at risk for a heart attack you could be having one!  28 year old women with no history of heart disease in their family, who run 3 miles a day and eat healthy have had heart attacks.  If you are experiencing heart attack symptoms get help. 

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