A heart attack occurs when a vessel supplying the heart muscle with oxygen and nutrients becomes completely blocked. Don't wait to seek medical evaluation if you experience these symptoms. While some heart attacks have a sudden onset, most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort and progressively build.
Men often, but not always, experience the "classic" warning signs of a heart attack:
Trigger: Men most often report physical exertion prior to heart attacks.
Women may experience the "classic symptoms," but they are often milder. They also have other symptoms like:
Trigger: Women most often report emotional stress prior to heart attacks.
If you think you might be experiencing a heart attack, don't drive; dial 9-1-1. It is not safe to get behind the wheel during a medical episode, and our EMS partners can begin administering life-saving care while you are en route to the hospital.