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Think Fast! Signs of a Heart Attack

By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology

Someone in the United States has a heart attack every 34 seconds; that’s about 720,000 Americans each year. When experiencing a heart attack, minutes matter!

If you, or someone you love, are experiencing a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately – even if you are not 100% certain it is a heart attack. Receiving medical attention minutes sooner can help to decrease the effects on your heart and overall health. Familiarize yourself with the warning signs so you can act quickly.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Chest discomfort
    • Most often heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest, which lasts more than a couple minutes – this feeling can also go away and then come back. This discomfort feels like a pressure or squeezing sensation.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
    • Pain or discomfort can be felt in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath
    • You may feel like you are having a hard time catching your breath – this may or may not include chest pains.
  • Other signs
    • You may break out in a cold sweat, feel nauseous or have a sense of lightheadedness.

Learn more about the warning signs of a heart attack from cardiologist Dr. Evans Pappas by watching the video below.

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