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Heart Attack Warning Signs

Who is at Risk?
Both men and women are at risk for developing coronary heart disease. If you have any of the following risk factors, it’s important to speak with your physician and begin a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

  • Family history of heart disease at a young age – father or brother before age 55; mother or sister before age 65
  • Age – men 45 years and older; women 55 years and older (or after menopause)
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels – high total cholesterol, high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) or low levels of HDL (good cholesterol)
  • High triglyceride level
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese, with a waist circumference of more than 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women
  • Physical inactivity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Poor management of stress
  • Binge drinking or drinking more than two drinks per day for men or one drink per day for women

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Chest  discomfort with heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness, or squeezing pain
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, left shoulder, neck,  back, throat, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Sudden fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness or  lightheadedness
  • Cold sweat or perspiration
  • Unexplained anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Increased heart rate

If you experience any heart attack warning signs, call 911 immediately and ask to be taken to the emergency room.

Minutes matter in emergency chest pain treatment. Norton Heart Care is a leader in emergency chest pain services, nationally recognized for heart attack treatment times. Through a partnership with Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services, ambulances can transmit EKGs to Norton Healthcare hospitals while patients are still in transit, with the potential of saving valuable time for better results. Your EKG will arrive before you do.

For many patients, heart attacks aren’t always unexpected. Because many heart attack victims experience one or more of the warning signs prior to a heart attack, being responsive to your body’s signals could save your life. In fact, two-thirds of heart attack patients experience one or more of the warning signs up to a month before suffering an actual heart attack. 

Find the Norton Healthcare Emergency Department nearest you:

Norton Audubon Hospital
Norton Brownsboro Hospital
Norton Hospital
Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital
Kosair Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center

To find a physician visit our Find a Doc or call (502) 629-1234 for a physician referral.

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