Would you know if you were having a heart attack?
No two heart attacks are alike. Heart attacks may cause sudden, intense pain or pressure in the center of the chest. They may also come on more slowly with little or no pain, but cause vague symptoms such as weakness or indigestion. These are the symptoms that people may ignore. Additionally, a woman’s symptoms may differ from a man’s symptoms.
Some symptoms of other health conditions may mimic a heart attack, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), chest muscle pain or anxiety. That can make it difficult to know when your symptoms are heart-related.
Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack can help you act quicker when a heart attack does occur. In a study of more than 2,000 heart attack patients, people who recognized heart attack symptoms early and received medical attention within 90 minutes had far better outcomes than those who waited for treatment.
When every second counts, it’s important to know the signs of a heart attack. If you or someone you are with is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Symptoms common in men and women:
Symptoms more common in women than men:
Women may also experience:
Taking the following steps can help reduce your risk of having a heart attack. The American Heart Association® recommends the following:
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