Signs of a Heart Attack

Signs of a Heart Attack

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Approximately 1.2 million Americans suffer a heart attack each year, with nearly a third of them resulting in death.

The first two hours after a heart attack are vitally important because that’s when 85% of heart damage occurs. Not every heart attack displays the typical warning signs of extreme chest pain and a shooting pain down the left arm. Learning the early signs of a heart attack could save your life. Other frequent heart attack warning signs include:

  • Chest discomfort (pressure, burning, aching or tightness) lasting several minutes
  • Unusual shortness of breath
  • Upper body discomfort (jaw or neck pain)
  • Nausea
  • Unusual fatigue

If you are experiencing any of these signs, call 911 now. Every minute counts when having a heart attack.