Heart Attack Signs
and Symptoms

All of we Baby Boomers need to be aware of what heart attack signs and symptoms are. Did you know that heart attacks are the single most common cause of death in the developed world? Or that 1.5 million people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year? That about 600,000 of them die, and half of those before they ever get to a hospital?

And guess in what age range you start seeing a higher increase of heart attacks? You guessed it--we Baby Boomers! So we all need to be aware about heart attack signs and symptoms!

All of we Baby Boomers need to be aware of what heart attack signs and symptoms are. Did you know that heart attacks are the single most common cause of death in the developed world? Or that 1.5 million people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year? That about 600,000 of them die, and half of those before they ever get to a hospital?

And guess in what age range you start seeing a higher increase of heart attacks? You guessed it--we Baby Boomers! So we all need to be aware about heart attack signs and symptoms!

We'll take a look at this killer by answering the following six questions.

  • Just what is a heart attack?
  • What causes them?
  • What are heart attack signs and symptoms?
  • What should you do if you think you or someone you're with is having a heart attack?
  • What are the risk factors?
  • What can you do to help prevent a heart attack?

What is a heart attack?

Very simply, a heart attack or myocardial infarction is a serious medical emergency where blood supply to the heart has been suddenly and substantially reduced or stopped. This in turn causes the affected heart muscle to die because it has no oxygen supply.

What causes a heart attack?

Almost all heart attacks occur in people who have coronary heart disease (CHD) caused by atherosclerosis (LINK). Very simply put, a blockage in an artery disrupts the flow of blood to a heart muscle causing that muscle to die. However an attack can also occur because of a spasm in a coronary artery. The spasm also cuts off blood supply to a heart muscle and it could even be in an artery that hasn't been affected by atherosclerosis! This short video will give you a good understanding of the causes of a heart attack.

What are the heart attack signs and symptoms?

Contrary to what you see in the movies and television, not all victims of heart attacks experience the often portrayed intense chest pains you witness as a clutching of their chests. Although chest pain is the most common sign of a heart attack, it is but one of the many symptoms of a heart attack. Did you know that someone having a heart attack may not even be aware of what is happening to him/her? Or did you know that someone who has had a previous attack could have different symptoms in a subsequent heart attack?

Here is a listing of some of the most common signs and symptoms of heart attacks:

  • Chest pain - like a squeezing sensation in the chest
  • Arm pain - usually in the left arm but could be in the right arm
  • Rapid or irregular heart beat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, vomiting - a general upper abdomen discomfort, a feeling of weakness maybe like you are going to faint
  • Heart burn - indigestion
  • Sweating
  • Upper back pain
  • A general overall feeling of illness
  • And even NO SYMPTOMS! This is called a "silent heart attack" and it is estimated that about 25% of all heart attacks are these. These are more common in people over 65, women and diabetics.PLEASE NOTE that symptoms which appear "mild" or even "silent" can be just as life-threatening as those with severe chest pains. Very often heart attack victims think some of the signs of heart a attacks they are experiencing are too mild to be a heart attack and delay seeking timely medical attention.

These two short videos should help you better understand heart attack signs and symptoms.




What you should do if you think you or someone you're with is having a heart attack.

  1. GET MEDICAL HELP QUICKLY!!!!
    Acting fast if you think you are having a heart attack could save your life or that someone you are with. Medical experience has found that when treatment is given right after symptoms occur the better the chances for survival or minimal long-term consequences for the patient.
  2. Call 9-1-1 or your medical responders number immediately! Don't attempt to drive yourself to the hospital or have someone else drive you as medical responders can start life-saving treatments while on the way to the hospital. This early treatment could be the difference between life or death!

The following two videos will help you better understand what to do if you or someone else is having heart attack signs and symptoms.

This next video is from the Mayo Clinic. You will likely need to increase the volume on your PC to hear it clearly, but it will be the worth the small effort.

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