Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. This American Heart Month, CDC is offering weekly tips for better heart health. Take your first step on the road to a healthy heart with us.
Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. (Exerpted from CDC web page February is Heart Health Month)
Heart Attack Warming Signs
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most of them start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here are the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
- Chest discomfort. most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that last more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. it can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort. But it can occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
If you or someone you're with has one or more of these signs, call 911. Get to the hospital right away.
If you're the one having symptoms, and you can't access the emergency medical services, have someone drive you to the hospital right away. Don't drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option.