Thanks to organizations like Boone Heart, there have been immeasurable advancements in the prevention of coronary artery disease. Unfortunately, countless people still suffer and often die from heart attacks. It is absolutely vital to know the warning signs of heart attacks, because the sooner you can treat heart problems, the better your chances of survival. The biggest warning signs to be aware of include:
- Chest pains/discomfort – The majority of all heart attacks suffered follow some sort of chest discomfort, which can range from uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain. If these sensations last for more than a few minutes, or fade and come back, this may be a sign that a heart attack is on the way.
- Shortness of breath – Though often developing in tandem with chest discomfort, shortness of breath can sometimes occur before chest pains and should be taken seriously
- Discomfort in other upper body parts – The most common upper body discomfort (other than chest) experienced is in one or both arms, though some also experience discomfort in their neck, jaw, back or stomach.
- Other symptoms – These may include cold sweats, light-headedness or nausea, though these symptoms alone rarely indicate heart attack. They usually accompany the other symptoms listed.
If you experience any or all of these symptoms, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. Every minute matters when it comes to heart attacks!