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Be aware of heart attack symptoms

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

As the leading killer of men and women in America, heart attacks and their symptoms can range from mild discomfort to intense pain.

Seeking immediate help when experiencing a heart attack is key to surviving.

With next month as American Heart Month, The Memorial Hospital at Craig and Quorum Health Resources sent a news release reminding Craig's residents not to ignore heart attack symptoms.

"If you're having a heart attack, prompt medical attention may help protect your heart muscle from permanent damage, and perhaps save your life," Dr. Tinh Huyn, Emergency Department physician at TMH, said in the release.

According to the release, a heart attack happens every 34 seconds in America, affecting more than 1 million people each year, with more subtle warning symptoms experienced by women.

A heart attack can be considered a first sign of coronary artery disease, caused by plaque buildup. Other medical problems such as angina, chest pain and discomfort or arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat, can result from CAD.

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Chest pain or discomfort is the most common sign of heart attack for men and women, according to the release, with women usually experiencing the less obvious symptoms.

As soon as symptoms appear, chew an aspirin and inform ambulance or ER personnel you think you may be having a heart attack, according to the release.

As part of American Heart Month in February, the American Heart Association sponsors the "Go Red for Women" campaign that works to help women and physicians understand differences in heart attack symptoms for men and women.

The AHA provides an online tool for people to assess their 10-year risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary artery disease, along with suggestions for improving that outlook. To take the assessment or to learn more, visit

Heart Attack Symptoms

Seek medical attention immediately if experiencing any of the following symptoms:

— A mild to severe feeling of pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center or left side of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back

— Discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or upper part of the stomach

— Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort or pain

— Nausea, vomiting, light-headedness or sudden dizziness

— Cold sweats

— Unusual or unexplained fatigue

Information courtesy of The Memorial Hospital at Craig and Quorum Health Resources, LLC

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