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|Heart Attack Care
A heart attack, also called an acute myocardial infarction, occurs when the arteries leading to the heart become blocked and the blood supply is slowed or stopped. When the heart muscle cannot get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the part of the heart tissue that is affected may die. The symptoms of a heart attack can include chest pain (often described as a crushing, squeezing or burning pain in the center of the chest and may radiate to your arm or jaw), shortness of breath, dizziness or faintness, sweating, nausea, cold or clammy skin or a gray or very ill appearance. Sometimes there are no symptoms, especially if you have diabetes. Women sometimes have different symptoms, such as a different kind of chest pain and/or abdominal pain.