Research recently presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Session 2012 showed that people are most likely to die of heart problems during the winter months.

You should call 9-1-1 immediately if you are experiencing any of the following heart attack symptoms :

  • Chest pain, pressure or discomfort
  • Pain pressure or discomfort in one of both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness

It is also important to note that women are more likely than men to experience symptoms including shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain, with or without chest pain.

Despite the season, it is always important to follow a heart healthy lifestyle to help reduce your risk of a heart attack. This includes avoiding or limiting foods high in saturated fats, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and doing physical activity for 30 minutes a day, about five times a week.

In addition to the research presented, AHA recognized the important role of hospitals during their conference. Twenty-six hospitals in the nation, including Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, were awarded the 2012 Gold Performance Achievement Award for providing the highest quality care to heart attack patients.

This winter, remember that when it comes to a heart attack, minutes matter and calling 9-1-1 is the quickest way to receive life-saving treatment.

Learn more about the life-saving heart care available in your community.