OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Heart Attack Prevention

Education, prevention, and early detection are the keys to a healthier heart. We strive to provide information and resources that will help you maintain a healthier lifestyle and reduce your risk for heart disease.

Bloomington-Normal Resources

  • Health/Wellness Classes
  • Health Screenings
  • Healthy Cooking Classes
  • OSF Weight Management
  • Women’s Heart Health

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense and follow the classic symptoms of a heart attack, including pain in the arm and chest. But, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.

Here are some signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

  • Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.   
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.   
  • Shortness of breath: This can occur with or without chest discomfort.  
  • Other signs may include: Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness. 
  • Symptoms in women: Women’s symptoms may be more subtle than men’s. To learn more about symptoms in women, please click here

If any of these symptoms occur suddenly, please call 9-1-1.

The faster you get treatment, the greater your chances are for a full recovery. To learn more, please visit our Don't Drive, Call 9-1-1 page.