Identify Ticking Time Bombs
When it comes to a heart attack, time is muscle. It’s important to know the warning signs of a heart attack, which can vary between men and women, and to call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of the following symptoms.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
• Chest discomfort or pain that may be crushing or squeezing or may feel like a heavy weight on the chest.
• Chest discomfort or pain that occurs with:
o Shortness of breath
o Nausea or vomiting
o Pain that spreads from the chest to the neck, the jaw, or one or both shoulders or arms
o Dizziness or lightheadedness
o A fast or irregular heartbeat
o Loss of consciousness
o Unusual chest pain, stomach pain or abdominal pain
o Nausea or dizziness
o Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
o Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness
The pain of a heart attack usually will not go away with rest. It is important to recognize the early stages of a heart attack and to seek emergency care. Medical treatment is needed to prevent death and to preserve heart muscle. Sometimes medicines can be given to reduce the damage to the heart muscle caused by a heart attack. For more information visit www.americanheart.org.
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