Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack

Trainers Over Texas teaches CPR, AED use and Emergency Preparedness.

In the real world, life-threatening situations are often less dramatic and fall short of critical care action.

Recognizing the early warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack is one of these situation, but is as vital as administering CPR.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the “movie heart attack,” where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often the people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening.

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

This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort. But it can occur before the chest discomfort.

Other Signs

These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

If you or someone you’re with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, don’t wait. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. The staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. You’ll also get treated faster in the hospital if you come by ambulance.

Do Not Drive Yourself to the doctor or hospital!

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Early-Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack-or-Stroke_UCM_306865_Article.jsp

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp

 

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