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Heart Attacks, Heart Failure, and Angina

Heart trouble can show up as pain, discomfort, shortness of breath or even dizziness. Learn the signs and symptoms of heart related emergencies.
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Cardiac Arrest Symptoms
When we talk about symptoms of cardiac arrest, we're talking about a treatable condition -- sudden cardiac arrest -- that we can recognize and possibly fix. The symptoms of cardiac arrest can mimic other conditions.

Cardiac Arrest Causes
To keep things manageable, we're going to focus on sudden cardiac arrest. Here are the most common causes of sudden cardiac arrest. Each cause includes at least one example.

What are the signs of a heart attack?
If you are worried that your spouse or a parent could be having a heart attack, there are some red flags. These are some of the signs of a heart attack.

Can an AED shock someone who is awake?
Too often, CPR instructors leave their students with the impression that automated external defibrillators (AED), the devices that shock the heart during cardiac arrest, are smarter than the rescuer. Think about your last CPR class, the instructor probably just held up the AED and said, "Just put the paddles on and follow the directions. It will...

Automated External Defibrillators
Automated external defibrillators (AED) allow almost any lay rescuer to bring cutting-edge technology to victims of cardiac arrest. These devices deliver enough energy to reset a quivering heart and allow it to beat normally. Used with CPR, an AED can provide the jolt necessary to truly save a life.

What's the Difference Between Ventricular Fibrillation and Cardiac Arrest?
Ventricular fibrillation causes cardiac arrest, but not all cardiac arrest is caused by ventricular fibrillation.

What's the difference between a heart attack and a stroke?
Brain attack or AMI? Whatever terms you use, one is in the brain and the other is in the heart.

Do Women Feel Chest Pain?
Heart attacks have long been thought to look different in men vs women, but is that true? If it is true, does it even matter?

Sex and Safety -- Chest Pain and Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction drugs interact dangerously with common heart medications. You need to tell the paramedics what you're taking.

Never Go to the Doctor's Office for Chest Pain
Chest pain is one of a few medical complaints that always need emergency medical care, and should never be seen at a doctor's office.

Broken Heart
Larry started feeling pressure in his chest. When he told his fiance, she called an ambulance for him. Little did Larry know he was having a heart attack.

Women's Heart Attack Symptoms Different from Men's
Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that women often experience new or different physical symptoms as long as a month or more before experiencing heart attacks.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Heart attack symptoms follow a common pattern. If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, it is important that you call 911 immediately.

Misconceptions About Heart Attacks
There are several misconceptions about heart attacks. Each may delay recognition of potentially fatal heart attacks and life-saving treatment.

Heart Attacks - First Aid for Heart Attacks

According to the American Heart Association, about one out of every six deaths is from a heart attack. Understanding how to recognize and provide first aid for a heart attack could potentially save a life.

Heart Attack Treatment - Definition of Heart Attack Treatment
Heart attack treatment starts with you. If you have chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack, always go to the ER rather than the doctor's office.

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