Don’t Ignore the Signs of a Heart Attack

If you have any of the signs of a heart attack don’t be afraid to call 911 right away, even if you’re not sure you are having a heart attack. Play it safe and get medical help. 

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, paleness, or lightheadedness. 

Note for women: Like men, women most commonly have chest pain or discomfort as a heart attack symptom. But women are somewhat more likely than men to have some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting, back pain, or jaw pain.

If You Think Someone Else is Having a Heart Attack: 

1. Call 911 NOW!

  • Call 911 for emergency medical services. Immediate medical care may keep the heart from stopping and may help minimize damage to the heart muscle.

2. Keep the Victim Calm

  • Convince the victim to stop all activities.
  • Reassure the victim to keep him or her calm, so the heart uses less oxygen.
  • Loosen any clothing that may restrict breathing, such as a tie, collar, or belt.

3. Monitor the Victim

  • Perform CPR if necessary. 

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