Heart Attack Information

What is a 

Heart Attack or

Myocardial Infarction (MI)? 

A Myocardial Infarction or heart attack is most times caused by a blockage that stops blood flow to the heart. This blockage prevents the heart from receiving oxygen and the heart tissue begins to die. The longer the vessel stays blocked the more heart muscle dies and the result is permanent heart damage. 

Website Heart Attack warning signs infographic.

Warning signs: 

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It usually lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back 
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach 
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Nausea/Vomiting, breaking out in a cold sweat, or lightheadedness 

The heart attack symptoms in women can  be different than men. If you or someone you are with experiences chest discomfort or any of the warning signs listed above, call 911 immediately

American Heart Association. www.heart.orgJuly 1st, 2015- January 29th, 2021.