Heart health is a bigger deal than you may know.
The first symptom of heart disease is often a heart attack or sudden death.
In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds.
About 600,000 die of heart disease in the U.S. every year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are key to saving lives. They include:
- Chest pain or discomfort.
- Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach.
- Shortness of breath.
- Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats.
- The most common symptom is chest pain or discomfort. Women are somewhat more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, call 911 immediately and get to a hospital right away.