If you or someone you love just had heart attack, you’ve just been through a very difficult experience. Take some time to reflect and appreciate that you or your loved one made it through.

Recovering from a heart attack can be overwhelming as you try to understand what happened and what’s next. You are dealing with new emotions: fear, anxiety, anger, and a sense of powerlessness.

It’s important to remember you are not alone. In the United States, more than 805,000 people just like you have a heart attack every year.

Thousands of people are on the same journey as you.

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack happens when your heart muscle cannot get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function properly.

It’s important to know that every heart attack can be different. However, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort of the chest. There may also be discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach. Other symptomsinclude shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.

This is how it feels when one or more of the arteries that carry blood to your heart are becoming narrowed or blocked.

If the heart is starved of oxygen and nutrients, the muscle can be damaged or die—that’s why it’s important to call 911 right away whenever symptoms appear.