Early Signs of a Heart Attack

Did You Know That Heart Attacks Have Beginnings?

Before heart attacks occur, there are often subtle danger signs. These signs of an impending heart attack may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, shoulder and/or arm pain and weakness. These may occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack. If recognized in time, these "beginnings" can be treated before the heart is damaged.

Early Symptoms of a Heart Attack

  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pain, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Remember, people may or may not experience all of these symptoms. Also, people may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.

EHAC (early heart attack care) Oath

Pledge to be part of a movement to save hearts and save lives, because every heart matters.

I understand that heart attacks have beginnings that may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, shoulder and/or arm pain, and weakness. These may occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack.

I solemnly swear that if it happens to me or anyone I know, I will call 9-1-1 or activate our Emergency Medical Services.

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