According to the American Heart Association, more than 300,000 heart attack victims die each year before they reach the hospital. You don’t have to make the same mistake. While symptoms of heart attack can vary, below are the most common ones. If you experience any of the following for 2 minutes or more, call your local emergency medical service immediately, or get to the nearest hospital or cardiac-care unit as soon as possible.
A pain in the center of the chest that can range from a mild feeling of tightness to an agonizing, crushing sensation
Pain that comes on suddenly or appears gradually, and which may be continuous or intermittent, fading then returning every few minutes
Pain that spreads to the shoulders, arms, jaw, neck, or stomach
Possible dizziness, sweating, fainting, nausea, shortness of breath, chills, or a feeling of severe indigestion, with or without the pains mentioned above.
There are so many factors that can contribute to higher risks of having a heart attack. Genetics is the main one, and one that we haven’t much control over. However, our lifestyle is something we can control, and the things that we do, and not do, on a daily basis can determine if we experience a heart attack in our lifetime. Anyone can have a heart attack at any time, regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Thus, it is important to know the warning signs and what to do, should you or your loved ones experience a heart attack.