If you can recognize heart attack signs in men as well as women, the chances are, one day, you’ll save a life! Someone else’s. Or even your own!

It can strike the young and the not so young. Male or female. Every 34 seconds. Heart attack! Yes. Approximately every 34 seconds someone in the United States will suffer a heart attack. And, it also happens to be the #1 killer of women!

If everyone, male or female, can recognize heart attack signs, lives can be saved

Your physician can give you a plan to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and maintain a healthy lifestyle

As stated by the American Heart Association, one of the not-for-profit organizations we support, heart disease is preventable and a heart attack is not always fatal. Something important to remember is that the warning signs for men and women differ. Here we discuss heart disease symptoms,
angina, cardiac arrest and getting emergency medical help.

So, if you don’t know what heart attack signs to look out for or aren’t sure what cardiac arrest is, it’ll be well worth your while to read on.


A heart attack may occur if someone leads a very sedentary life

If you spend prolonged periods sitting down, it’s time to get moving and get healthy

  • In order to function the heart needs oxygen which it gets from the blood stream.
  • A heart attack (medically known as myocardial infarction) occurs when the blood supply to the heart is interrupted and there is a blockage which either severely reduces or completely cuts off this supply of blood. 
  • The amount of damage to the heart muscle that was deprived of blood depends on the size of the area affected and how soon treatment began.


  • This is a common type of chest pain that often occurs during exercise or periods of emotional stress when the heart rate and blood pressure increase because the heart is not getting the blood supply and oxygen it needs.
  • The discomfort usually only lasts a few minutes and unlike a heart attack, it does not cause the heart any permanent damage.


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Being overweight or obese puts you at high risk for heart disease

  • In cardiac arrest, the heart suddenly stops working properly due to a malfunction of its electrical system and death occurs within minutes of the heart stopping.
  • It is caused by arrhythmias which are abnormal or irregular heart rhythms. The most common one to result in cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation.
  • Cardiac arrest can be reversed if cardiopulmonary resuscitation is performed and a defibrillator used to shock the heart and restore a normal heart beat. This should be done as quickly as possible.


  • A heart attack can be sudden and intense. It can also start slowly and only produce mild pain or discomfort.

  • Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest may last for more than a few minutes. It may also go away and return.
  • A feeling of intense pressure, squeezing or fullness in the chest area.
  • Pain or discomfort in the upper body, specifically the arms, back, stomach, neck or jaw.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, lightheadedness and nausea.


Don't take chances, immediate medical attention can save a life

Don’t wait, call 911, and get emergency medical treatment right away

  • Although women who are having a heart attack can experience identical symptoms to men, they are more likely to develop back or jaw pain, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, nausea and vomiting, dizziness and fainting.
  • Often a woman will put off seeing a doctor or calling emergency services because they are scared, in denial, or don’t realize that when these subtle heart attack signs go untreated, the consequences can be life-threatening.


  • Here, the old adage “better safe than sorry” couldn’t be more appropriate. Not sure what’s wrong? Don’t wait too long! In fact, don’t wait longer than five minutes before calling for help.

  • Do not attempt to drive yourself to a hospital.
  • Do not wait for someone else to drive you to a hospital.
  • Call 911. Emergency Medical Services staff can begin treatment as soon as they arrive.
  • Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance typically receive faster treatment at the hospital’s Emergency Room.


In the coming months we will be adding pages to showcase more matters of the heart. For now we invite you to read tips on preparing nutritious meals, healthy snacking and more by visiting our page featuring the American Heart Association Diet. Please click to view.

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There is no better place to learn about the warning signs of a heart attack than the American Heart Association.

Did you know that most heart attacks start off with mild pain or discomfort? That most people wait too long before getting help? That a woman’s symptoms may be different to those of a man?

Being well-informed can save not only your life, but someone else’s, too. Please visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp