Heart attacks are serious business, so we’ll cut right to the chase. Here are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack:

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  • Chest pain or discomfort – This is the most common heart attack symptom, usually occurring in the center or left side of the chest and lasting for more than a few minutes. The discomfort also may go away and come back and can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Some people report heart attack pain feeling like indigestion or heartburn.
  • Upper body discomfort – This includes uncomfortable feelings in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or upper part of the abdominal region.
  • Shortness of breath – This may occur with or before the chest discomfort.
  • Nausea – This can be accompanied by vomiting, light-headedness, sudden dizziness and/or a cold sweat.
  • Fatigue – Be wary of any sleep problems or lack of energy.

Not everyone experiences all symptoms, and it’s very possible that a person who has a heart attack may experience different symptoms with a second attack. Signs and symptoms can develop suddenly or over time — sometimes within hours, days or weeks of a heart attack.

We know that heart attacks are very scary, but the best thing you can do is be aware of the signs/symptoms and call 911 right away if you think your loved one is having a heart attack. The sooner emergency help comes, the less damage the heart sustains.

Thank you for reading our series on heart health. We at Griswold Home Care challenge you to dedicate the rest of your life — not just American Heart Month — to ensuring that you and your loved one are showing your hearts love.

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