The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
The major signs and symptoms of a heart attack are:
– Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
– Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
– Chest pain or discomfort.
– Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
– Shortness of breath.
If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, you should call health line immediately.
If the blood supply to the heart muscle is cut off, a heart attack can result. Cells in the heart muscle do not receive enough oxygen and begin to die. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart.
Having high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, physical inactivity, family history, and having had a previous heart attack, stroke, or diabetes can increase a person’s chances of having a heart attack.
It is important to recognize the signs of a heart attack and to act immediately by calling health line. A person’s chances of surviving a heart attack are increased if emergency treatment is given to the victim as soon as possible.