1.5 million Americans will suffer a heart attack or stroke every year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn the signs of a heart attack because early detection and fast action can save lives. While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs:
- Chest discomfort: pressure, pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes. The pain may go away and then return.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck or stomach.
- Shortness of breath: can occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Other possible signs: breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
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