Who should be concerned about heart attacks and early heart attack symptoms?
There is no "typical" heart attack victim. Women experience nearly the same number of heart attacks as men. People as young as 20 years old have heart attacks - even highly conditioned athletes in their prime. Sadly, some people have no idea that they are at risk for a heart attack until it strikes.
Some people have "risk factors" that make them more likely candidates for heart attack. These include high-fat diets, obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, and a family history of heart disease.
But remember, the most important risk factor is the presence of any early heart attack symptoms. In fact, it is the only risk factor that you can do something about right away and have a direct impact on whether you will have a serious heart attack.