Know the Signs of Heart Attack

How healthy is your heart? Heart attacks can occur at any age. Now is the time to love your heart to lead a longer, healthier life.  Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack can help save a life. It is imperative that the heart is healthy because it is one of the most important organs in your body. It pumps blood thru your body suppling organs oxygen and nutrients.


Lifestyle Factors Health Conditions Non controllable Risk Factors
·       Smoking ·       Diabetes ·       Age
·       Inactivity ·       High Blood pressure ·       Family History
·       Diet ·       Cholesterol ·       Ethnicity
·       Obesity    

Who’s at risk of a heart attack? About every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.  The risk factors for a heart attack include lifestyle, health conditions, age, and family history. A yearly checkup, getting physical, and eating healthier can help reduce your chances of having a heart attack.


What is a heart attack?  A heart attack occurs when your heart does not get enough blood and damage is caused to the heart. The arteries are blocked from a buildup of fat, cholesterol, and plaque.  The buildup forms a clot which stops blood flow to the heart muscle causing damage.

NOW, know the sign and symptoms. When you notice the symptoms of a heart attack call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner you get treatment, the greater the chances of a reduction in heart damage.


The signs and symptoms of a heart attack can start slow. Chest pain or discomfort may feel like a pressure, tightness, or heaviness in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes. Pain in areas of the upper body radiating from the chest. These areas may include the arms, back, neck, jaw and stomach. Nausea and vomiting can commonly occur, with or without cold sweats. Shortness of breath may happen before chest discomfort. The warning signs can vary between men and women. You can experience all or some of the symptoms.


How to prevent a heart attack? You can reduce the risk of having a heart attack by making changes to in your life now. You and your healthcare provider should work together to set goals to reduce your risk.

  • Quit smoking
  • Take your medication to improve and control health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol
  • Reduce and manage stress
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day
  • Start eating a healthy diet with low sodium intake
  • Control and maintain your weight
  • Get routine checkup