Did You Know Heart Attacks Have Beginnings?
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Apr 17, 2017
Updated Nov 17, 2023
5 min read
Did you know that more than 800,000 people die in the US every year from a heart attack? On average, 50 percent of these patients displayed, but ignored, the warning signs.
Heart attacks, like other diseases, have early signs and symptoms. However, if recognized in time, these “beginnings” can even be treated before the heart is damaged.
Even if you don’t think you’re personally at risk, it’s important for everyone to learn how to prevent a heart attack and help others. This includes:
Understanding the risk factors and immediately seeing a doctor for early diagnosis.
Early Heart Attack Care (or EHAC) is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately - before heart damage occurs. That’s because 85 percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. EHAC not only saves lives, it protects the quality of life.
Someone may experience any or all of these symptoms. When they start, they can be mild or come and go. Over time, the symptoms and pain increase until the victim collapses.
However, heart attack symptoms look different in men and women. And it's crucial to stay alert because women are less likely to seek immediate medical care and are more likely to die.
And for both men and women, there are atypical presentations of heart attack symptoms. For example, he or she may not complain about pain or pressure in the chest. Be alert for the following:
Below is a list of general risk factors. However, it’s important to discuss your individual risk for a heart attack with your doctor.