February 27, 2019

Understanding Heart Attack Symptoms

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Heart attack symptoms can vary depending on age, gender and medical history. It’s important to know your signs and seek immediate medical care if you’re experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack.

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start slowly with mild pain and discomfort. Dr. Swapna Mamidipally, cardiologist at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus, encourages people to be aware of the symptoms below and what they could lead to.

Chest discomfort – Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. The feeling can go away then return, leaving you with 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 – This can occur with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs – Other possible signs of a heart attack include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 for immediate attention. For more information about cardiology care at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus, call 785-233-9643.

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