STEP 7 Heart Attacks When blood flow to the heart is blocked in a coronary artery, a heart attack usually occurs. That blockage can damage or destroy part of your heart muscle. A heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction) can be fatal, often because the symptoms can be confused with a minor illness. If you have symptoms of a heart attack, it’s critical to call 9-1-1 immediately. The symptoms of a heart attack are: ■■ A feeling of fullness or pressure in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few 42 minutes ■■ Pain that extends from your chest to your shoulder, arm, back, or teeth and jaw ■■ Frequent periods of chest pain ■■ Upper abdomen pain ■■ Shortness of breath ■■ Sweating ■■ Fainting ■■ Nausea and vomiting ■■ A sense of doom Women can have additional or different symptoms, which can include: ■■ Heartburn or abdominal pain ■■ Clammy skin ■■ Lightheadedness or dizziness ■■ Unusual or unexplained fatigue Symptoms can vary widely between individuals. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all. The important thing to remember is to act immediately if you have symptoms.
P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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