A heart attack is one of the most frightening events you can imagine, and it can happen to anyone. It is the top killer in the United States, and (according to the American Heart Association) an American individual has a heart attack every 43 seconds. Most are preceded by a gradual process that involves a buildup of plaque, a blood clot, and blocked blood flow that deprives the heart of oxygen and nutrients. Other potential causes may also include heart spasms of unknown origin, and spontaneous tears in a key artery. Responding to signs by seeking medical attention is of top priority; even if you are unsure, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Contact your doctor, visit the emergency room, or call 9-1-1 immediately.
Let’s look at ten of the most common warn signs, and remember that they can sometimes occur up to several weeks in advance.