Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | February 8, 2013

It’s Heart Health Month – Know the Symptoms!

heart monitor

A heart attack occurs when a section of the heart is deprived of oxygen-rich blood, typically due to a blockage. When a blockage like this occurs, that part of the heart tissue begins to die. A common cause of heart attacks is coronary heart disease, which results in plaque build-up within the coronary arteries. The progression of plaque build-up within the arteries is known as atherosclerosis.

Symptoms of Heart Attack:

  • Chest discomfort – this may include pressure, pain, squeezing or fullness, commonly felt in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as the arm(s), back, neck, jaw, or even stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, which may be with or without chest discomfort.
  • Nausea, dizziness, and/or breaking out in cold sweat.

If you suspect a heart attack, every minute counts! Learn the signs. Even if you’re not sure if it’s a heart attack, get checked by a health professional immediately! Getting emergency treatment as soon as possible can make all the difference.

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– American Heart Association: Conditions: About Heart Attacks.    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/AboutHeartAttacks/About-Heart-Attacks_UCM_002038_Article.jsp.

– American Heart Association: Conditions: Warning Signs of a Heart Attack. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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