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Heart Attacks Can Give Advance Notice

If you know what to look for, a heart attack can signal its impending arrival. Certain symptoms may begin up to a few weeks in advance of a heart event. By keeping a close eye on your health, you can help prevent death, or life-altering damage, from a heart attack. 


Know the signs of a heart attack

According to the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the following symptoms forewarn that a heart attack may be imminent. If you experience any of these, go to an Emergency Department immediately:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Chest pressure
  • Chest ache
  • Chest burning
  • Chest fullness
  • Chest squeezing

Other vague symptoms can also indicate a heart attack is looming in the coming hours, days or weeks. If any of these symptoms begin suddenly, or persist, get prompt medical help:

  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Anxiety
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Jaw pain

Heart attacks are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Each year more than 800,000 Americans have a heart attack. 

Call 911 if you or a loved one are experiencing any signs of a heart attack.

CPR training can help you save a life in the event of a heart attack. Watch the Hands Only CPR video to learn more.

It is important to know whether you are at risk for a heart attack. Visit the ACC calculator to help jumpstart a discussion with your provider about lowering your risk, if needed. 

Certain heart attack symptoms can begin up to a month before one actually strikes, so it's important to monitor your health. Early intervention at the onset of symptoms can help to prevent sudden death or further cardiac damage. 


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