Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. A heart attack is typically the result of heart disease and can be fatal.
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked off, and the heart’s muscle tissue starts to die. Although different illnesses can cause this to happen, buildup of blockages in the arteries of the heart, or heart disease, is by far the most common cause.
Some of the most common warning signs for a heart attack include chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, sweating, or pain that radiates into the jaw or arm. Some of the less common signs of a heart attack, especially for women, include nausea/vomiting, sharp neck or chest pain, fatigue, or abdominal pain.
There are different risk factors that can lead to development or worsening of heart disease and heart attacks. Some risk factors within your control include tobacco/drug use, blood pressure, cholesterol, body weight, and dietary choices. Risk factors that are out of your control include things like age, family history, and certain autoimmune or rheumatologic conditions.
If you are concerned about your risk for heart disease or heart attacks, make an appointment with your primary care provider. Your provider can talk to you about your risk factors and get you moving in the right direction to live a healthier lifestyle.
If you or a loved one experience any of the symptoms listed in this post, seek medical attention immediately or call 911.