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Heart Attack

Heart attacks occur most often as a result of a condition called coronary artery disease. During a heart attack, a blood clot blocks the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart creating an arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat) that causes a decrease in the pumping function of the heart. If not treated quickly, the heart muscle begins to die. The result may be death or severe, long-lasting problems.

Warning Signs for a Heart Attack Include:

  • Discomfort, pain or pressure in the chest, arms (especially the left arm), back, neck , jaw or stomach
  • Feeling of heartburn
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath, weakness, or anxiety

Treatment is most effective within the first 60 minutes. Call 911 immediately if someone shows signs of a heart attack.

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