Learn the Heart Attack Warning Signs
If you are experiencing ANY of the following:
Heavy chest pressure:
Squeezing or burning in your chest or fullness in your abdomen
Extreme discomfort or symptoms:
Light-headedness, nausea, unusual fatigue
Feeling pain in one or both arms, back, neck or jaw
Shortness of breath with or without chest pain
Time to call 911 now:
Do not drive—call an ambulance
Knowing the signs of a heart attack can save your life. The most common symptom in men and women is chest pain or discomfort, yet women are somewhat more likely to experience some of the less common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, unusual fatigue, and back or jaw pain.
- Call 911 immediately. Clearly tell the dispatcher all the symptoms you are experiencing and if you have any history of heart problems.
- Chew one adult-strength (325 mg) tablet of uncoated aspirin.
- If you have been prescribed nitroglycerin, take it.
- Don’t drive yourself or have someone drive you. Paramedics are your best bet – they can begin treatment in the ambulance, perform an ECG en route, and transmit results to the ER before you even arrive.
When it comes to heart attack, “time is muscle.” Every minute treatment for heart attack is delayed, more heart muscle dies.
Learn more about heart disease and stroke, including how to improve your cardiovascular health, at the American Heart Association's website, heart.org.