A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to a section of the heart becomes blocked. Some heart attacks happen suddenly and are intense, sometimes accompanied by chest pain. Most heart attacks, however, start slowly with mild pain and discomfort. Symptoms can be different between men and women.
Other names for heart attack include:
The longer an artery stays blocked the more damage can occur. Speed is the key to diagnosis and, if you need it, treatment can lead to your full recovery. You can count on the heart specialists at Banner Health to quickly assess your symptoms and deliver the treatment you need — right when you need it.
Certain risk factors may lead to a heart attack but many of these you can control with active prevention methods.
View heart attack risk factors and prevention tips
The symptoms of a heart attack can vary from person to person. Some people don’t have any symptoms at all. Still, it’s important to know the warning signs and what happens before a heart attack.
Early treatment of a heart attack can limit damage to your heart and possibly even save your life.
Learn more about how to treat a heart attack
Having a heart attack can be a life-changing event. At Banner Health, we’re with you every step of the way.