Safe In 60: How To Recognize Signs Of A Heart Attack
Feb 3, 2020, 9:48 AM | Updated: Feb 14, 2020, 9:42 am
SANDY, Utah – February is American Heart Month, so it’s a good time to talk about the number one cause of death in our country. One in four deaths in the United States is from heart disease – that’s over 600,000 people each year. With statistics that high, we should all learn the risks, signs and steps we can take to lower our chances.
There are several health conditions that can increase your risk for heart disease and heart attack. Some cannot be controlled, such as age and family history, but let’s focus on the top three risk factors we can control that are leading contributors:
- High blood pressure – this includes millions of Americans, including people in their 40s and 50s.
- High cholesterol – high levels of LDL can prevent your heart from getting enough oxygen.
- Smoking cigarettes – over 35 million adults in America smoke.
Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:
- Physical inactivity
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Eating an unhealthy diet
Signs Of A Heart Attack There are five major symptoms of a heart attack common to both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
- Pain or discomfort in the center or left side of the chest. This may feel like pressure, squeezing or fullness, and can last for several minutes or go away and come back.
- Feeling weak, light-headed or breaking out into a cold sweat.
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders.
- Shortness of breath.
In addition, women are more likely to experience unexplained tiredness, nausea or vomiting.
Some heart attacks come on suddenly, but most start slowly with mild pain and discomfort. Being aware of the signs, so you get medical help quickly, can save you, or a loved one’s life. Call 911 immediately if you suspect a heart attack.