Many people think a heart attack is always sudden. However, many heart attacks start slowly as mild pain or discomfort which can come and go.

For both women and men, the most common sign of a heart attack is pain or discomfort in the center of the chest. It can be mild or strong and can last more than a few minutes, or it can go away and come back.

Doctors say women are more likely than men to have the other common signs of a heart attack. These include shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and pain in the back, neck, or jaw. While the signs of a heart attack can happen suddenly, they can also develop slowly, over hours, days, and even weeks before a heart attack occurs. The more heart attack signs that you have, the more likely it is that you are having a heart attack.

Also, if you've already had a heart attack, your symptoms may not be the same for another one. Even if you're not sure you're having a heart attack, you should still have it checked out. We are talking about this and tips to keep your kids' hearts healthy in tonight's Ask the Doctor segment with Dr. Letitia Anderson. She's a cardiologist with the Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health. To speak with her call (775) 858-2222 between 5-6 p.m.

You can also reach the Renown Institute at (775) 982-2400.