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Heart attack: Know the symptoms

The key to surviving a heart attack is getting medical help early – nearly
half of all deaths due to heart attack occur within three to four hours of the
beginning of symptoms.

Keep in mind that not everyone experiences the same heart attack symptoms to
the same degree – some older people and women can experience less obvious symptoms.
Some heart attacks come on suddenly, but the vast majority start slowly with
mild pain and discomfort. Many people experiencing a heart attack are not sure
they are having one and may think it’s only heartburn or indigestion. This may
result in not seeking medical attention promptly.

Therefore, it’s critical to be familiar with and recognize heart attack symptoms,
and to take them seriously. The following are heart attack warning symptoms:

  • pain or discomfort in the chest, shoulder, arm, back, neck, or jaw that
    does not go away with rest (in women, pain may be more vague)
  • pressure, heaviness, fullness, or squeezing in the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • sweating, or cool and clammy skin
  • anxiety
  • light-headedness or sudden dizziness

If you experience these warning symptoms, the Heart and Stroke Foundation suggests
doing the following things:

  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Stop all activity and rest (sit or lie down).
  • If you are taking nitroglycerin, take your usual dose.
  • If the 9-1-1 operator advises it, and you are not allergic to ASA, chew and swallow one 325 mg ASA tablet or two 81 mg tablets.
  • Rest and wait for Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Acting promptly may save your life!

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