It’s almost Valentine’s Day which means we’re thinking about hearts! Did you know that this month is American Heart Month? It is! So make sure you pay attention to your heart health and the heart health of the ones you love. We found tons of heart health information at the American Heart Association and are sharing a little of it here with you.
Here are some signs and symptoms of heart attacks & how you can work to keep your heart healthy.
Catch the signs early
Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. 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 can occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs. Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Symptoms vary between men and women
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain (angina) 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.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of symptoms, so be sure to do your research and see your doctor for checkups and concerns. You can find tons of helpful heart information from The American Heart Association!
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