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Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Senior woman clutching her chest as man tries to assistWritten by: Parrish Healthcare & Parrish Medical Center

Identifying Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, happens when your heart isn’t getting enough blood to function properly. With over 800,000 Americans experiencing heart attacks every year, it is imperative to know what warning signs are a cause for concern.

In light of American Heart Month, the health experts at Parrish Healthcare are here to outline the key signs and symptoms to look out for when it comes to a heart attack.

Why It’s Important to Act Fast

When experiencing a heart attack, or any other cardiac event, it is important to act fast. This is because the sooner you get to the emergency room, the sooner you can receive treatment, minimizing damage to the heart muscle and even saving your life.

Common Signs & Symptoms

When it comes to heart attack symptoms, it’s common for people to dismiss them or mistake them for something else. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you’re unsure whether or not you’re experiencing a cardiac event, if you notice any of the following symptomscall 911 immediately:

  • Chest pain or discomfort, pressure, or pain.
  • Pain affecting one or both arms.
  • Back, neck, or jaw pain.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat.
  • Nausea.
  • Lightheadedness.
  • Feeling tired.

When it comes to supporting your health, it is important to find a family care doctor you can trust.

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