According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 935,000 Americans have a heart attack every year.
Therefore, it is extremely important to learn the symptoms, and factors that put you at greater risk of having a heart attack.
The main risk factors associated with heart attack include increasing age (over age of 65), diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and family history of heart disease.
The classic sign of a heart attack is severe chest pressure and pain that may radiate into the neck, left arm and/or shoulder, yet there are certain 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. Paula Ross is a cardiologist at LeBauer HeartCare and a member of the Cone Health Medical Group.
Dr. Ross is a 1989 graduate of University of Michigan Medical School.
She completed her residency in internal medicine at University of Michigan Hospitals and completed a fellowship in cardiology at University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas and University of Alabama School of Medicine.