BLOG: Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Would you know if you were suffering from a heart attack? Some common symptoms can easily be pushed aside and may also differ for men and women.  It’s better to always err on the side of caution, if something does not feel right, seek medical assistance.
According to the American Heart Association, call 9-1-1 right away if you experience the following:
Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.  
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.  
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center offers 24/7 emergency care and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency angioplasty for patients experiencing a heart attack.  Our expert cardiology team is equipped to save lives, opening life-threatening coronary blockages and restoring normal blood flow to the heart.  Since studies have shown that time is of the essence and quick treatment can reduce damage to the heart muscle, greatly improving a patient’s chances of a full recovery, we’re prepared to act both skillfully and quickly.  
Arthur Calise, D.O. is the medical director of the Emergency Department at Mountainside Medical Center.   


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