Start With Your Heart

Many North Carolinians are affected by some form of heart disease, either personally or through someone they know. In fact it is the second leading cause of death in the state. Heart disease is a term that describes many different conditions that affect the heart and cardiovascular system.

It is important to know the different types of heart disease and the ways to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is a term that describes several different heart conditions. Heart disease can cause heart attacks, stroke, heart failure and an irregular heart beat.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack could save your life!

Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. This discomfort may also go away and come back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Upper Body Discomfort: These symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath: This feeling is often accompanied by chest discomfort, but it can occur before the chest discomfort.

Other signs: These may include a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Women may have different signs and symptoms: As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely than men to experience any or all of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, back pain or jaw pain.