According to the CDC, 610,000 Americans die because of a heart attack every year. Unfortunately, many people don't realize what is happening to them or call for help until it is too late. Heart attacks can manifest differently in women than in men, sometimes sidestepping traditional symptoms altogether. If you think you are experiencing a heart attack, seek emergency medical attention immediately by calling an ambulance or going to the ER. The sooner it gets caught, the higher the chance of survival.
In every ER in the country, chest pain will take you to the front of the line and for a good reason: this is the classic heart attack symptom. Pain from a heart attack can strike during physical exertion but also at rest when you aren't doing anything. Different people describe this kind of pain differently -- from intense pressure or fullness to tingling and sharp pain.
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