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 or nausea
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
The most common heart attack symptom in men and women is chest pain or discomfort, yet women are somewhat more likely to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
What to Do if you Have Heart Attack Symptoms
- Chew one adult-strength (325 mg) tablet of uncoated aspirin.
- If you take nitroglycerin, place a tablet under your tongue immediately.
- Take a second tablet if discomfort does not go away in five minutes.
- Take a third tablet five minutes later if discomfort continues.
- If discomfort persists, call 9-1-1.
- If symptoms stop, call your doctor to report your condition.
- If you have not been prescribed nitroglycerin, wait no longer than five minutes from onset of symptoms before calling 9-1-1. Get to the nearest hospital right away.
When it comes to heart attack, “time is muscle.” Every minute treatment for heart attack is delayed, more heart muscle dies.