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(Chester County Moms - February 22, 2012)
Scary but true ... heart disease is America's #1 killer. The Chester County Hospital and Health System wants you to keep your heart strong and healthy. We encourage everyone to take some time to become familiar with the signs of a heart attack, so that you would recognize them if you saw them, and so that you don't ignore them if you feel them yourself. If you believe you or someone around you is having a heart attack, it is critical to call 9-1-1 immediately. We cannot emphasis that point enough.
Prescription for a Healthy Heart
To help people identify their own heart health risks, The Chester County Hospital offers a free online assessment, called Heart Tracks Cardiac Risk Assessment (TM). An in-person version of Heart Tracks is also available.
Heart Attack Symptoms
A heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) does not feel the same for every person. In fact, women may experience different symptoms than men.
Potential Signs of a Heart Attack in Men
These signs for men may be accompanied by...
Potential Signs of a Heart Attack in Women
Women may experience these less common heart attack symptoms:
If you have no known history of heart disease and experience any of the above symptoms, you should:
If you have heart disease and develop any of the above symptoms, you should:
We cannot stress enough the importance of calling 9-1-1. If you believe you or someone you love is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. DO NOT DRIVE yourself and DO NOT ALLOW anyone else to drive you to the hospital! Treatment begins as soon as the emergency personnel arrive. This can make a difference since early treatment of a heart problem improves your chances of a successful outcome.
This information is for general educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used for diagnosis, nor should it be considered a replacement for consultation with a healthcare provider. If you have questions or concerns about your health, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Last Updated: 9/18/2012