Heart Attack Directory
More than 1 million Americans have heart attacks each year. Also called myocardial infarction, or MI, heart attacks can be deadly if medical care isn't received quickly. Besides taking steps to keep your heart healthy, such as eat right, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, keep your blood cholesterol and blood pressure in check, recognizing and responding to heart attack symptoms is key to survival. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about heart attack, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Understanding Heart Attack -- the Basics
What exactly happens to trigger a heart attack? Learn more from WebMD about causes of heart attack and what to expect afterward.
What happens before a heart attack? Afterward? WebMD explains the causes of heart attacks, which affect 1 million Americans every year, along with symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and post-heart attack care.
What Drugs Should I Avoid if I Have Heart Disease?
If you have heart disease, beware of some common medicines that can make your blood pressure and heart rate rise. WebMD explains.
Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Treatment
WebMD explains the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) in case an adult or child loses consciousness.
11 Possible Heart Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore
11 possible symptoms of heart problems that you may not be aware of, such as dizziness, fatigue, and nausea.
Sex After Heart Disease: When Is It Safe to Get Back in the Saddle?
You've been treated for heart disease, and now you've got a new lease on life. But does that mean it's safe to have sex?
If Heart Disease Runs in My Family, Will I Get It?
Family history plays a big role in the health of your heart. What can you do to lower your risk of heart disease -- today?
Learn the Symptoms of a Female Heart Attack
The warning signs of a female heart attack are different than men’s.
How to Perform Hands-Only CPR
In an emergency, CPR can save a life. Follow these steps to try to revive a teen or adult.
How Heart Attacks are Different in Women
Gender specialist Marianne Legato, MD, explains how heart attacks affect women differently than men.
Why is Heart Disease a Major Killer?
Jonathan Sackner Bernstein, MD, explains how heart disease became the top killer of both men and women in the U.S.
Hypertension Equals Health Risks
Nearly 1 in 3 adult Americans have it. African Americans are especially at risk. Learn why hypertension is called the 'silent killer'.
Slideshows & Images
A Visual Guide to a Heart Attack
Learn the symptoms and how to diagnose a heart attack, treatment options, and what you can do to reduce your risk.
A Visual Guide to Heart Disease
WebMD provides a visual overview of heart disease, including symptoms to watch for, diagnostic tests, treatments, and prevention strategies.
Truth About Omega-3s, the Good Fat
Can algae capsules or a salmon meal boost brainpower, save your heart, or ease depression? Pictures show omega-3 benefits, hype, and best sources.