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What Happens to Your Body When You’re Having a Heart Attack

Best Life Logo By Tehrene Firman of Best Life | Slide 1 of 14: Heart attacks are scary business, but what happens to your body during them typically isn't like what you see in the movies. In reality, stereotypical symptoms—like chest pains and shortness of breath—can be sudden, but more often than not, they build up and persist for a long period of time, whether that's hours, days, or weeks, says the American Heart Association.All throughout having these symptoms, your heart usually continues to beat, giving you time to get help. You’ve gotta get it quickly, though. If you’re experiencing anything out of the ordinary, receiving immediate medical attention is a must to ensure there's no lasting damage to your heart, or worse: 735,000 Americans have heart attacks every year, and they can be deadly. Here’s exactly what you’ll experience during a heart attack if it happens. And for some great preventative advice, check out 30 Best Ways to Lower Your Heart Attack Risk.

What Happens to Your Body When You’re Having a Heart Attack

Heart attacks are scary business, but what happens to your body during them typically isn't like what you see in the movies. In reality, stereotypical symptoms—like chest pains and shortness of breath—can be sudden, but more often than not, they build up and persist for a long period of time, whether that's hours, days, or weeks, says the American Heart Association.

All throughout having these symptoms, your heart usually continues to beat, giving you time to get help. You’ve gotta get it quickly, though. If you’re experiencing anything out of the ordinary, receiving immediate medical attention is a must to ensure there's no lasting damage to your heart, or worse: 735,000 Americans have heart attacks every year, and they can be deadly. Here’s exactly what you’ll experience during a heart attack if it happens. And for some great preventative advice, check out 30 Best Ways to Lower Your Heart Attack Risk.

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