Citizens is a 122-bed acute care facility in Talladega, Alabama with over 350 employees. The hospital offers a comprehensive range of clinical services, including obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, emergency services, a Senior Care Unit, Home Health and Hospice, in addition to specialized medical and surgical care.

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Most Common Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

What Is A Heart Attack?

A heart attack is an urgent message from your heart that it is not receiving the oxygen it needs. When oxygen-rich blood to your heart is blocked by a clot, heart muscle begins to die and symptoms of a heart attack begin. By getting to the hospital quickly, treatment can be started to help save your heart and your heart muscle.

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in your chest. Treatments are most effective when they occur in the early stages of the episode of chest pain.

Symptoms of a heart attack differ between men and women. Here’s what to look for in each:

Men  Women
Chest discomfort/pressure
Pain in one or both arms, back neck, jaw
Shortness of breath
 Chest pressure, squeezing sensation radiating into neck, shoulder, or jaw pain
Shortness of breath
Upper abdominal or mid-back pain or discomfort

When to call 9-1-1
If you have one or more of the following symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Heavy sweating without vigorous activity
  • Tiredness, weakness, or faintness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain or pressure in your chest, back, neck, jaw, or arm

Never be afraid to call 9-1-1! If you do not know the cause of your symptoms, assume it is a heart attack. Play it safe and get medical help.

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