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“Every year, more than 1 million Americans have a heart attack -- a sudden interruption in the heart's blood supply” (Cassoobhoy). All heart attacks come out of the blue. Just to make things clear, “a heart attack is not the same as cardiac arrest. In a heart attack, the heart does not usually stop beating. During cardiac arrest, the heart totally stops beating” (“Heart Attack and Stroke: Signs of a Heart Attack”).
Are there any signs showing that a heart attack is about to occur? Absolutely not; there are no signs leading up to a heart attack. The only symptoms that show arise when the individual is already experiencing the heart attack. Both men and women have chest pains while experiencing heart attacks, but men usually have additional symptoms such as “shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain” (“Warning Signs of a Heart Attack”). Some other symptoms that may show up are: irregular heartbeats, nausea, heartburn, anxiety, and pain in the arms and throat (Cassoobhoy). Sometimes, chest pain is so harsh that it can “make one feel as though an elephant is standing on one’s chest” (Kreche).
Contrary to belief, not all heart attacks have symptoms. Sonny Adams informs readers that “…heart attacks can be painless, because of something doctors call myocardial infarcts” (Fox 96). Myocardial infarctions occur when the oxygen supply is cut off from part of the heart and the cells die (Chen).
About 1,500,000 people experience heart attacks each year, and men are more likely to have heart attacks than women. Out of that group of 1,500,000 people, 987,000 were men and 513,000 were women. “…men are more likely to be the victims of heart attacks at all ages, but women are increasingly likely over the age of 6...

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