In recognition of American Heart Month, Faith Regional encourages everyone to learn to recognize the early signs of a heart attack to act immediately. The first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome. While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Call 911 if you experience:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, tightness, or pain in the center of the chest that comes and goes, or last several minutes.
- Lightheadedness, anxiety, nervousness, fainting, fever, cold sweat.
- Pain, discomfort, or numbness of the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath, nausea.
Symptoms can vary between men and women. While chest pain or discomfort is common in both, women are more likely than men to experience other symptoms, including shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, it’s important to get it checked out. By calling 911, emergency medical services (EMS) can begin treatment when they arrive, are trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped, and will have direct contact with the emergency team at the nearest hospital.