PROTECT YOUR HEART AT EVERY AGE

It is important to recognize the signs of a heart attack and to act immediately by calling 9-1-1.   A person’s chances of surviving a heart attack are increased if emergency treatment is given to the victim as soon as possible.

What are the 5 major symptoms of a heart attack?

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
  • Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath

If the blood supply to the heart muscle is cut off, a heart attack can result. Cells in the heart muscle do not receive enough oxygen and begin to die. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart. Having high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, smoking, increased age, physical activity, unhealthy diet, and having had a previous heart attack or family history of stroke, obesity, or diabetes can increase a person’s chances of having a heart attack.

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