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Heart Attacks

Symptoms and First Aid for Heart Attacks


Updated January 25, 2014

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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 Symptoms

The most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain, but there are plenty of other heart attack symptoms. Shortness of breath, jaw pain, nausea and much more can all be brought on by a heart attack.

Heart Attacks in Women

Women often react differently to pain and discomfort than men, meaning the sexes may experience the symptoms of a heart attack differently. The problem? Scientists haven't studied women as much as they've studied men. So here's what we know and why it may or may not matter that much.

Heart Attack Treatment

Heart attacks need medical care -- fast. The most important thing you can do if you think you're having a heart attack is to call 911.

Heart Attack Facts

More information on heart attacks, including some common myths.

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