Your heart is a muscular organ that pumps blood to your body. Your heart is at the center of your circulatory system.
A heart attack happens when the arteries to the heart are narrowed or blocked by fat and cholesterol buildup. This prevents the heart from getting the blood and oxygen it needs. Without oxygen, the cells in the heart begin to die. The more time that passes without treatment, the greater the damage to the heart.
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
You may have one or more of the following:
Chest discomfort. You may feel uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest. It may last a few minutes or it may go away and come back.
Upper body pain. You may have pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
Shortness of breath. This can occur before or along with chest discomfort.
Other symptoms. You may also break out in a cold sweat, have nausea, or be lightheaded.
Women may have some or none of the ca heart attack. Women may have:
Pain in the right back, shoulder, arm, throat, or neck
Shortness of breath
Indigestion or stomach pain
If you or someone you are with shows one or more of these signs, don’t ignore them. Call 9-
Reduce Your Risk of a Heart Attack
You can reduce your chance of having a heart attack by having a healthy lifestyle.