12 Heart Attack Symptoms and Signs
Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack; however, people who
suffer a heart attack may have a variety of symptoms, for example:
- Jaw, head, or tooth pain
- Shortness of breath
- Upper back pain...
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Heart attack prevention facts
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
- About 735,000
Americans suffer from a
heart attack each year – that's about one heart attack
every 43 seconds!
- 525,000 of those heart attacks are the first for the person affected,
while 210,000 of them happen in people who have previously had a heart
- Symptoms of a heart attack in men and women include
- Women experience the same symptoms of a heart attack as listed above;
however in addition women may have
- Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle such as eating a heart healthy diet,
stress reduction, and disease prevention or management is the best way to prevent heart
disease and heart attack.
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack happens when the flow of blood that brings oxygen to the heart
muscle is significantly reduced or cut off completely. This is often a result of
atherosclerosis, a process whereby the arteries narrow due to a buildup of
plaque (fat, cholesterol, and other substances). Sometimes these plaques can
break off, and blood clots can form around them. The clots in the coronary
arteries then block blood flow to the heart, starving it of oxygen and nutrients
(ischemia), causing damage or death to heart muscle. This damage to the heart
muscle is a heart attack. Heart attack is medically termed myocardial
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/29/2016