Each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 935,000 Americans have a heart attack. Therefore it is extremely important to learn the symptoms, as well as factors that put you at greater risk of having a heart attack.
The main risk factors associated with heart attack include age (over 65), family history of heart disease, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.
The classic sign of a heart attack is severe chest pressure and pain that may even radiate into the neck, left arm and/or shoulder. Yet there are certain individuals/groups of individuals that often experience atypical symptoms. The female and diabetic populations will commonly experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting, sweating, extreme fatigue or weakness and/or pain in the neck, jaw or back when having a heart attack. A feeling of indigestion (heart burn) also occurs as an atypical symptom of heart attack in both men and women.
Prompt medical attention and treatment is of utmost importance for those experiencing a heart attack. If you or someone around you is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack and/or collapses, call 911 immediately.
With a specific system in place among the local first responders and an exceptional emergency response team at Cone Health’s Heart and Vascular Center, survival rates of heart attack patients in the community have been greatly improved due to the prompt, coordinated emergency care. Proper care after a heart attack is equally as important, which often involves a combination of medications, lifestyle modifications and cardiac rehabilitation.
Dr. Michael Cooper is a cardiologist at LeBauer HeartCare and the medical director of the Cone Health cardiac catheterization lab. Dr. Cooper is a 2000 graduate of Marshall University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic and completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at Ohio State University Hospital.