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heart-attack-symptoms-videoDr. Mark Huffman and Andrea Metcalf discuss signs that can help detect if you’re having a heart attack.

It’s important to know the symptoms of a heart attack and to pay attention to the signs your body gives you. Some heart attack symptoms are similar to that of having a stroke. If you think you’re having either, call 911 immediately.

Symptoms for Heart Attack

  • Chest pain
  • Central pressure
  • Breathlessness
  • Radiation to the arm or jaw
  • Vomiting
  • Any of the above lasting 5-10 minutes

Baby Aspirin Theory

“Taking an aspirin at the time of a heart attack is very important to reduce the likelihood of complications from a heart attack,” says Dr. Huffman. He adds that it’s fine for a patient to call 911 and wait for the paramedics to provide the aspirin.

Heart Attacks: Women Vs. Men 

Be advised: Women tend to present signs of a heart attack 10 years after men and the symptoms tend to be more subtle. A woman's symptoms aren't as typical, meaning, they won't experience the "feeling of an elephant stepping on their chest." Women need to be aware of the subtle symptons. 

It's very important to be aware of the signs of a heart attack if you, or a family member, ever experience them. Don't wait until it's too late. Your heart is the strongest muscle in your body, but you have to take care of it! 

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