Warning Signs Of A Heart Attack

Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can help you save a loved one’s life.

Heart attack symptoms may be severe from the start, or they may be mild at first then gradually worsen. For some people, the warning symptoms come and go.

The most common symptoms of heart attacks include:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
  • Pain that spreads from the chest to the shoulders, jaw, or arms
  • Chest discomfort accompanied by light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath

If your loved one experiences any symptoms of a heart attack, he or she should receive immediate medical attention. Make sure you know the phone number of emergency transportation to the hospital, and keep that number beside the phone. Getting to the hospital quickly is very important; medical treatment, including clot-dissolving medicine, can save lives and reduce damage to the heart, but only if it is started soon after a heart attack occurs.

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Adapted from FAQ: What if I have the warning signs of a heart attack? prepared by the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood.

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