February is American Heart month spreads heart healthy awareness

February is American Heart Month and aims to create awareness of the country’s number one killer.

Terri Archibeque, Executive Director of the New Mexico Chapter of the American Heart Association appeared on New Mexico living with the early warning signs leading up to a heart attack.

Heart attack symptoms include chest discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper body and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweet, nausea or lightheadedness. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

Stroke symptoms include face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. Cardiac arrest symptoms include sudden loss of responsiveness and no normal breathing.

Learn more about the American Heart Association.