What is a heart attack?
If you think that you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 right away.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Typical heart attack symptoms include:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Upper body discomfort (neck, jaw, arms, back or stomach)
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or severe indigestion
- Shortness of breath or lightheadedness
- Sweating at rest
- Panic or anxiety
Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms other than chest pain, and sometimes these symptoms can be difficult for a doctor to figure out.
Methods of treatment
After a heart attack, it is important to improve health in order to prevent a second heart attack from occurring. Take medications as prescribed and participate in cardiac rehab, if necessary, and work to control other conditions that increase heart attack risk, such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension and diabetes. It is also important to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk, such as eating a heart-healthy diet, being physically active and quitting smoking.