Heart disease is the leading killer in the United States. The average person waits three hours before seeking help for symptoms of a heart attack, and many pass away before they reach the hospital. Prompt medical treatment reduces the amount of damage to the heart. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack and how to respond could save a life.
Did you know that a heart attack doesn’t always have obvious symptoms? Research shows that up to half of all heart attacks may not have typical symptoms, such as crushing pain in your chest, shortness of breath, and cold sweats. In fact, a heart attack can actually happen without a person knowing it. This is called a silent heart attack.