Heart Attack


Heart Attack Signs Every Woman Should Know

Heart disease is now the number-one killer of women. Know the signs of heart attack, and call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know has one or more of the following symptoms.   View slideshow


15 Weird Things Linked to Heart Attacks

When it comes to heart attacks, greasy food and sedentary living aren't the only factors to blame. Here are some less common heart attack risks you may not have considered.   View slideshow

Surprising Heart Attack Triggers

Overeating, stress, wild workouts and other habits to avoid
Roughly half of all people who have a heart attack blame an event—such as a fight with their boss or heavy exercise. Reality is more complicated. "Heart attack patients had an underlying condition that caused the attack," says Sharonne Hayes, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic's Women's Heart Clinic. "The snow shoveling or the anger just unmasked the condition..."  Read More

What Are Your Odds of a Heart Attack?

If you're male, over 50, stressed, or have diabetes, read on
Each year heart attacks kill more than 150,000 Americans, nearly half of them women. If such a grim statistic can have a bright side, it's this: Most heart attacks today aren't fatal. About 75% of men and 60% of women live at least one year after an attack...  Read More

How to Get and Stay Healthy After Your Heart Attack

What you do three months after the event can be a matter of life and death
Heart attack survivors can expect to have four or five days of bed rest in the hospital and a week resting at home. Next comes recovery, a process that can last weeks, months, or the rest of your life. The risk of death or cardiac arrest is highest during the first 30 days of recovery after a heart attack...  Read More

How I Survived a Heart Attack at 43

He thought the pressure in his chest was indigestion. He was very wrong
When I had my heart attack at 43, all my doctors were really surprised. I was young, I’m not overweight, and I don’t eat a lot of fatty foods. In fact, I never eat junk food. My father had a heart attack, but he was in his 70s, so that is not a significant risk factor...  Read More

Lifesaving Ways to Respond to a Heart Attack

The right decisions, made quickly, can save your life
When describing their heart attacks, many survivors recall uncertainty rather than panic. Many of them don't even know they're having an attack until they get to the hospital—and that's OK: Experts say it's exponentially better to err on the side of caution and get to a hospital quickly...  Read More

Patient Perspectives on Heart Attack Treatment

"I guess if you have to have a health emergency, a heart attack isn't the worst one to have"
Treatment for heart attack is standardized and all medical professionals who work in emergency rooms know the procedure. Yet disparities can arise depending on factors from the race of the patient to the day of the week he or she is hospitalized...  Read More

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