Recommended: Aspirin to avoid heart attack

Heart Attack Symptoms and Warning Signs

It is not easy to tell. But there are symptoms people may have. These are: an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back; discomfort in other areas of the upper body, which may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach; shortness of breath, which often occurs with or before chest discomfort; and other symptoms such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness. When in doubt, check it out! Call 9-1-1. Don’t wait more than a few minutes–5 at most. Call right away!

Now a day, you may have seen television ads promoting aspirin's ability to lessen the risk of heart attack and stroke in certain groups of people. You should know that deciding to take an aspirin a day is not as simple as it may seem. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research has started a public -education drive to remind regular consumers that aspirin is not without risk the decision to use aspirin to prevent a heart attack and stroke is safest when made in consultation with a health professional.