|he National Heart Council supports emergency training programs, provides equipment, and helps to fund educational and research programs aimed at combating heart attacks and heart disease. The Council produces an award-winning radio program called The Heart of the Matter -- America's Radio Health Source.
Take a look at the radio program pages for more info on heart-related issues, or read how to obtain a free brochure, "5-Minute Guide to Heart Attack Prevention and Survival," or the "Heart Attack Survival Manual."
NEW! The National Heart Council announces Straight from the Heart - a short but powerful educational video-based program to help avoid heart attack and assist in the recovery from one (with appeal across races and genders). To learn more, click here.
What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart is severly reduced or stopped. The medical term is "myocardial infarction." The causes of heart attacks are a blocked artery from buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries, or a blood clot in a coronary artery. The heart falters and blood is unable to be pumped through the heart.
Early Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
If you experience any of the following warning signs, go to a hospital immediately!
High Blood Pressure the Silent Killer
Are You at Risk?
Heart Rate or Pulse