Almost a million Americans have a heart attack every year. Heart attacks are more likely to occur in people who:

  • Smoke
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Don't exercise
  • Have high blood sugar

Some risk factors, like age and family history, are not under our control. But, no matter what risks you might have, the best course of action you can take for your health is knowing the facts and having a doctor who knows you.

Time Matters — Know the Signs

When you're having a heart attack, seconds matter more than ever. You need to move fast. Start by knowing the warning signs; they differ for men and women so itis important to know them all.


  • Chest pain lasting more than 15 minutes
  • Discomfort in the jaw, neck, shoulders, arms or back
  • Intense sweating or shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting


  • Unusual chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
  • Palpitations, cold sweats or paleness