February is National Heart Month. During heart month, many people focus on committing to a healthy lifestyle including choosing heart-healthy foods and exercising. Not only is heart month meant to create awareness about how important it is to take care of your heart it is also about being aware of the signs of a heart attack. Knowing the signs of a heart attack can save your life. Check your knowledge on heart attacks below:

What is a heart attack?

According to the American Heart Association, “a heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque).” 

What are the signs of a heart attack?


Source: American Heart Association YouTube

  • Pain or discomfort in the chest
  • Lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting
  • Jaw, neck, or back pain
  • Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath

Is there a difference between men and women when it comes to heart attacks?

The symptoms of a heart attack for men and women are very similar, but they are much more subtle in women. Women tend to think they just don’t feel good or have the flu. It is typically not a sudden, heart-wrenching pain in their chest like it is for many males. A lot of women feel back pain, arm pain, etc. before chest pain. They may also feel more fatigued and lightheadedness.

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