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The heart pumps blood and oxygen throughout the body, but it also depends on a supply of blood and oxygen to do its work. A heart attack happens when one of the arteries that bring blood to the heart muscle is blocked. A portion of the heart muscle is damaged or dies due to inadequate blood flow.
The most common warning signals of a heart attack are:
Less common warning signs of heart attack include:
For women and diabetics, heart attack symptoms may be more subtle and tougher to identify. They are more likely to include:
Many other conditions can cause chest pain, such as indigestion, panic attack or chest-wall or muscle pain from exercise. It is important to know that any of these symptoms can also be present with a heart attack. It's important to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and act immediately by calling 9-1-1, even if you are not sure you're having a heart attack.
Your chances of heart attack increase if one or more of the following apply to you:
At Dominican Hospital, we offer a number of preventative health programs and tools for our patients. Find out more about how we can help you stay heart healthy by visiting our Health and Wellness section.
To learn more about our services and how we can help, please call us at 831.462.7243. To find a doctor, please visit our online Find a Doctor tool.