Cardiac Symptoms & Risk Factors

Early Heart Attack Care

Woman with chest pain.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

  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest discomfort or pressure
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of being full

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.


Stroke Risk Factors

Do you know the warning signs of stroke? Make sure you act FAST!

Learn more about the Columbia St. Mary’s Stroke Center as well as stroke symptoms and risk factors here.

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Coronary Artery Disease

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:

  • Family history of early heart disease
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Stress
  • Age
  • Gender


Acute Coronary Syndrome

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.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of early heart disease
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity

     

Symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Pain in the left upper arm or jaw
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heavy sweating

     

 

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