February is American Heart Month. The CDC reports that about 610,000 peopledie of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s1 in every 4 deaths. Learn the heart attack warning signs to recognize in yourself and others. Join us throughout February and beyond by starting important conversations about heart health. It could save a life.
Can You Recognize a Heart Attack?
1. Chest Discomfort: A sensation in the center of the chest that feels like pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain. This can last more than a few minutes, or, go away and then return.
2. Upper Body Discomfort: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
3. Shortness of Breath: This may be accompanied by chest discomfort. Additional signs may include cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
If you experience any of these symptoms, do not to wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 to ensure rapid treatment.