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Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Bakersfield Heart Hospital is committed to educating the residents of Kern County on the signs and symptoms of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2008 were in men. More women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. But most cardiac events could be prevented if men and women made the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise, and abstinence from smoking. Make it your mission to learn all you can about heart attacks and stroke—don’t become a statistic.

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, usually by a blood clot. If this clot cuts off the blood flow completely, the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die.

Signs of a Heart Attack:

  1.  Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1...Get to a hospital right away.

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