All heart attacks have beginnings. If you can recognize these early symptoms, you have a better chance of preventing a heart attack from ever happening.
Early Symptoms of Heart Attack
If you or someone you know experiences these early symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away.
Visit the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for more information on Early Heart Attack Care.
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Coronary arteries are blood vessels that transport blood, oxygen and other nutrients to your heart. If cholesterol and plaque begin to clog these arteries, not enough blood is able to travel to your heart, resulting in coronary artery disease (CAD). Gone untreated, CAD can result in chest pain, shortness of breath and heart attack.
As you age, your risk for CAD increases, and men are generally at greater risk. Here are some other risk factors to consider:
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) occurs when there is a sudden reduction of critical blood flow to the heart. ACS is life-threatening and is often diagnosed in the Emergency Department.