According to the American Heart Association, the following are heart attack warning signs
More common signs:
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
- Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms.
- Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
Less common signs:
- Atypical chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain.
- Nausea or dizziness.
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
- Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue.
- Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness.
If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, you should immediately call an ambulance
. Do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital
as you may become unconscious
during the trip. Also, the ambulance workers are trained to deal with the emergency
while a neighbor
or other ride to the hospital may not.
While you are waiting for the ambulance many doctors recommend you use the time to chew on a single, regular aspirin (unless you are allergic to aspirin). Chewing the aspirin allows it to take effect more quickly and, when having a heart attack, every second counts. Consult your doctor before taking any medication, including aspirin.