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FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL HEART MONTH
 
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. Most heart attacks start slowly, and with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are some signs that can mean a heart attack is happening.
 
Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that last more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
 
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath: with or without chest discomfort. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
 
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptoms are chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
 
For additional information go to www.heart.org
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