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Know the Warning Signs Of A Heart Attack

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Heart attacks come in various ways, from fast and intense to slow and mild. It is important to understand the warning signs to get help sooner.

Here are warning signs from your body to watch out for:

Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. it can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body such as pain or discomfort in one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs could include cold swear, nausea, or lightheadedness.

Similar to men, women' most common symptom is chest pain or discomfort, but women are more likely than men to experience other common symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain. 

Minutes matter! If you are not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out. Don't wait more than 5 minutes to call 911.

Calling 911 is typically the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment as soon as they arrive, and they are trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped.

EMS can transport you faster to the hospital and more likely get faster treatment at the hospital. 

For more information, follow the link above to the American Heart Association website.