It's certainly possible to die from a heart attack, but it's not required.
Heart attacks happen when blood flow to the heart muscle.htm">Heart attacks happen when blood flow to the heart muscle is blocblocked by plaque and blood clots. The heart muscle begins to die and may cause pain in the chest.
Heart attacks lead to cardiac arrest. If you do manage to get to cardiac arrest, the chance of surviving outside of a hospital is extremely low. Don't wait to get help for a heart attack.
Heart attacks are caused by decreased blood flow to the heart muscle, often from blood clots. Strokes are caused by decreased blood flow to the brain, also often from blood clots. The two conditions look very different.
Heart attacks commonly cause chest pain and shortness of breath. Strokes often lead to weakness on one side of the body, difficulty speaking, confusion, and unconsciousness.
If you have chest pain, call 911. Many people who rightly believe that emergency services are for emergencies wrongly believe that chest pain is not an emergency. Your doctor, however, probably doesn't have the tools you need if, in fact, you are having a heart attack.
Ambulances and hospitals work closely together to quickly identify and treat heart-related emergencies. Personal physicians are not included in the planning process and may slow the response. In cardiac emergencies, time is muscle and the more heart muscle you lose the more chance you have of cardiac arrest (see above).
While it is true that heart attacks often cause pain in the chest, it is not necessary. The classic symptoms of a heart attack include a heavy feeling in the chest that may be painful. The heaviness or pain may spread to the left arm, neck, or jaw. Patients often complain of shortness of breath. Another common complaint is burning in the chest mistaken as heartburn.
Indeed, it's common for heart attack victims to simply feel a foreboding of doom, which is one time you should really follow your heart.