Heart Attack Warning Signs

Monday, February 20, 2017

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense but most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the warning signs of a heart attack in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A heart attack is when part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies because it isnt receiving oxygen.

Most heart attacks are caused by a blockage in the arteries. Usually the blockage is caused by atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of fatty deposits inside the artery.

Heart attacks can also be caused by a blood clot that gets stuck in a narrow part of an artery to the heart.

Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you feel:

Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back.

Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Have shortness of breath for more than a couple of seconds with or without chest discomfort, and

Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Dont wait to get help if you experience any of these warning signs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.