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Understanding Heart Attacks: Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on heart attacks, brought to you by the Stead Heart and Vascular Center at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Here, we prioritize education alongside cutting-edge medical care. In this section, we delve into crucial information about heart attacks: their beginnings, prevention strategies, and the importance of rapid treatment. Whether you're seeking to understand the early signs or looking for ways to prevent heart attacks, you'll find valuable insights to empower yourself and your loved ones toward better heart health. Let's embark on this journey together towards a heart-healthy lifestyle.

What is Y-HEARTS?

Y-HEARTS is an educational initiative designed to empower individuals to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, enabling them to become active bystanders. With over 800,000 annual fatalities in the U.S. attributed to heart attacks, early intervention is paramount.

Did You Know Heart Attacks Have Beginnings?

Heart attacks, like many other diseases, often exhibit early signs and symptoms. Surprisingly, these "beginnings" manifest in over 50% of patients. However, timely recognition and intervention can prevent extensive damage to the heart.

Preventing Heart Attacks: Your Key to a Healthy Heart

Preventing a heart attack begins with understanding the risk factors and recognizing the signs and symptoms. Whether you're a man or a woman, knowing these indicators could be life-saving. Take the early "Y-HEARTS" Heart Attack Care Pledge to not only save a life but also preserve its quality.

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms: Know When to Act

Heart attack symptoms can vary between men and women. While men typically experience pain in the left arm or chest, women may have atypical symptoms like upper back pain or nausea. Recognizing these signs early can make all the difference.

Atypical Presentations: Understanding the Variations

In atypical presentations, symptoms may differ from the classic chest pain. Be vigilant for signs such as sharp or "knife-like" pain during breathing or coughing. Identifying these subtleties could lead to faster intervention and better outcomes.

Take the Pledge, Save a Life

Join us in taking the Y-HEARTS pledge to act swiftly in the event of a heart attack. By recognizing the beginnings and calling 9-1-1 promptly, we can minimize heart damage and improve survival rates.


For More Information

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Take control of your heart health today. Your heart matters, and so do you.