HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Physicians nationwide are focusing attention on heart attack awareness as part of American Heart Month. And doctors are reminding us about the many warning signs of a heart attack.
They say some can start slowly, with only mild pain and discomfort. Others can be intense.
They say the key to surviving and minimizing heart damage is to seek care immediately.
"Chest pain, pressure, discomfort in your chest, any arm pain, arm discomfort, your neck, your jaw, your back, any shortness of breath, nausea, these are things we really worry about," said Dr. Daniel Crane, an emergency room physician with Wesley Medical Center. "Even if it's specifically not chest pain, some of those other warning signs can be concerning for a heart attack," he said.
Some estimates say 50 percent of sudden cardiac deaths take place outside the hospital, meaning that many people fail to act on early warning signs.