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February is American Heart Month
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most of them start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often the people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
CHEST DISCOMFORT. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
SHORTNESS OF BREATH. This feeling may occur with or without chest discomfort. OTHER SIGNS: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
AS WITH MEN, WOMEN'S MOST COMMON HEART ATTACK
SYMPTOM IS CHEST PAIN OR DISCOMFORT. BUT WOMEN ARE SOMEWHAT MORE LIKELY
THAN MEN TO EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE OTHER COMMON SYMPTOMS PARTICULARLY
SHORTNESS OF BREATH, NAUSEA/VOMITING, AND BACK OR JAW PAIN.
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest
way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS)
staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner
than if someone gets to the hospital by car. The staff members are
also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. And you will
get treated faster in the hospital if you arrive by ambulance. If
you’re the one having symptoms, and you can’t access emergency medical
services (EMS), have someone drive you to the hospital right away.
Don’t drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option.