Signs of a Heart Attack

Valentine's Day is a good time to take care of your heart--on all levels.

Valentine’s Day is a good time to take care of your heart–on all levels.

The American Heart Association wants you to take care of your heart.  Having someone to love and having someone love you is one way to care for your heart.  Exercise, which works your heart, a diet high in fiber and low in fats are other ways to care for your heart. Consult with your healthcare provider and know the signs of a heart attack.

They are:
1. Chest discomfort–uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest.

2. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.  Can be in both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.

3. Shortness of breath.  This feeling can occur with or without discomfort.

4. Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

Women note: you often experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and back or jaw pain.  Don’t wait longer than 5 minutes with chest discomfort.  Call 911.  Get to a hospital and get checked out.