Accordingly to the American Heart Association, approximately every 40 seconds an American will suffer a heart attack. Not all heart attacks are sudden and intense. Many start slowly, allowing the person to doubt what is happening. Paying attention to these Primary warning signs your body is sending could save your life. If you think you might be having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Heart attack symptoms are very different between the men and women. For men they are:
- Chest pain, discomfort, squeezing or pressure. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back.
- Unusual upper body pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
For women they will experience:
- Chest pain, discomfort, squeezing or pressure. It may feel like there’s a ton of weight on you. Sensations can come and go and may last several minutes.
- Unusual upper body pain or discomfort in neck, jaw, one or both arms, back, shoulder or stomach.
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
- Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness
- Unusual fatigue
The American Heart Association estimates that between 100,000 to 200,000 lives could be saved each year if CPR was performed early enough. The annual Shocks & Saves charity hockey game that took place on February 2, 2019, allows the Pulse3 Foundation (formerly MCVI Foundation) to teach free CPR and AED courses on the first Friday of every month. Classes are open to the community, and all are welcome to join. One hour is all it takes to learn how to save a life. For class availability and times visit pulse3.org/how-we-give-back/cpr-training