ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Heart month ends Thursday, so we want to share information on recognizing signs of a heart attack that could save your life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 935,000 Americans have a heart attack every year.
Some heart attacks can be sudden and intense, and other times it can begin with a mild pain or discomfort, leading many to wait too long before seeking medical help.
Here are signs a heart attack may be happening to you:
- Chest discomfort, or any type of pressure or squeezing sensation that lasts more than a few minutes, or comes and goes
- Pain or discomfort throughout the upper body, including in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
If you or someone you know shows any of these symptoms it's important to call 911 immediately because minutes matter in saving lives.
Heart attacks can also hit at any woman at any time. Elizabeth Banks, 39, stars in a PSA for the American Heart Association.
She plays a busy mom too busy to notice that she's having a heart attack, and shows how most women think it's just the flu.
You can watch the video below.