A heart attack happens when the heart can’t get oxygen due a blockage in the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die.
Heart attacks are a leading killer of both men and women in the United States. If you experience the symptoms of a heart attack, it is crucial to get treatment quickly as this can save your life and limit damage to your heart.
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
The most common warning signs of a heart attack for both men and women are:
- Chest pain or discomfort. This discomfort is usually in the center or left side of the chest and lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. It can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, heartburn or indigestion.
- Upper body discomfort. Symptoms include discomfort in one or both arms, the back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach.
- Shortness of breath. This may be your only symptom, or it may occur before or along with other symptoms.
Symptoms, Stats, and Treatment for a Heart Attack