Heart Health Basics

Is it a heart attack?

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start slowly . That's why it's so important to know the early warning signs, and what to do if you experience them.

Don't ignore the signs.

  • Chest pressure, tightness, and heaviness

    Most heart attacks involve pain or discomfort in the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.

  • Extreme fatigue

    A sense of unusual or extreme tiredness that lasts for days, or weeks, can be a sign of heart trouble.

  • Fainting and lightheadedness

    This sensation can involve dizziness, extreme weakness or anxiety.

  • Nausea

    Women often dismiss flu-like symptoms as something less serious.

  • Pain in shoulders, neck, jaw, or arms

    Report any unusual upper-body symptoms to your doctor.

  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain

    Heart attack sufferers can have trouble breathing for no apparent reason.

  • Sweating

    In women, these unusual cold sweats can feel similar to hormonal hot flashes or night sweats.

More common in women

Take action.

If you have any of these symptoms, and suspect a heart attack, call 911 and crush or chew and swallow aspirin as directed by your doctor. Taken during a suspected heart attack, and for 30 days thereafter as directed by your doctor, aspirin can help reduce damage to your heart.

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

Be prepared.

Many people carry Bayer® Aspirin with them every day - in their purse, pocket, or even a keychain pill case. In addition aspirin, when taken under a doctor's direction, can also be used to prevent a recurrent heart attack. If you're a heart attack survivor, a doctor-directed aspirin regimen can reduce your risk of a second attack by 30 %. Be sure to ask your doctor if aspirin therapy is right for you.
Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.