What is a “Heart Attack”? Technically speaking, a heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart via the coronary arteries is blocked. The heart muscle is damaged and can no longer pump blood properly. Heart attacks create a higher risk for heart failure in the future.

Straight From the Heart –

Heart attacks, like strokes, are preventable. Know your risk factors, change those you can control, and recognize the warning signs.

Risk factors of Heart Attack:

1. Age
2. Tobacco Usage
3. High Blood Pressure
4. High Cholesterol
5. Diabetes
6. Family history of heart attack
7. Physical Inactivity
8. Obesity
9. Stress
10. History of Preeclampsia in Women

Signs and Symptoms:

Chest Discomfort – The type of pain may vary from a sharp pain, a tightness, pressure, squeezing, or even has been described as an elephant sitting on your chest.

Radiation of pain to the upper body including the jaw, back, arms, or even stomach.
Shortness of breath

Associated symptoms of nausea, sweating, or light headedness. An atypical presentation may present in women so it is recommended to pay special attention to any abnormal sensations and keep a low threshold for getting evaluated. For more information provided by the American Heart Association, please visit: www.heart.org