What are the signs of a heart attack? - WSMV Channel 4

What are the signs of a heart attack?

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A heart attack can happen with no warning and the outcome can be devastating.

A Middle Tennessee man is sharing his close call in hopes of raising awareness about how to identify the life-threatening situation.

Tom Krasnow, 54, no longer takes a simple walk by the lake for granted.

"Most of the people who go through this don't survive," said Krasnow.

Six weeks ago, he was at work in Murfreesboro when he couldn't get his body to cool off, was sweating and lost his appetite.

Within minutes, he knew something was wrong and rushed to the hospital.

"They took my shirt off, hooked me up to all wires and that's when they told me I was having a massive heart attack. I was in shock. I wasn't real scared. I was in shock. Why was this happening to me?" said Krasnow.

His heart attack required a quadruple bypass and several days in the hospital.

Nearly one week after the incident, he was able to go home. Now, each walk is a chance for him to regain a little strength.

He's sharing his story in hopes of educating others about the need to act fast in a similar situation.

"I could have very easily blown it off, went home and laid down. I wouldn't be here today," said Krasnow. "I am very lucky to be alive."

It's important to note that heart attack symptoms vary.

Doctors say it's common for a person to feel pressure or a pain sensation in their chest or arms. This may spread to other parts of the body like the neck and jaw.

Other symptoms include fatigue, sweating and feeling nauseous.

Visit the Mayo Clinic website for more informative resources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-attack/DS00094/DSECTION=symptoms

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