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Heart disease

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a general term that means the heart is not working properly. Some forms of heart disease are present at birth (congenital heart disease), while others develop as we age. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented by living an active, healthy lifestyle. Read more

Signs of a heart attack

Signs can vary from person to person and may be different for men and women. If you experience any of these signs, call   9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.

  • Chest discomfort

    Chest discomfort

    uncomfortable chest pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness

  • Sweating

    Sweating

  • Upper body discomfort

    Upper body discomfort

    neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back

  • Nausea

    Nausea

  • Shortness of breath

    Shortness of breath

  • Light-headedness

    Light-headedness

Are you a health care provider?

See our education and resources for professionals


Worried about your risk?

Learn your risk and how to lower it 


Risk & prevention

Close to 8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke are preventable. What steps can you take to protect your health? Learn more

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