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    Heart Attack - Know the Signs

A heart attack can occur at any time- and they are not always sudden and intense. The Society of Chest Pain Centers reports that 50% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside of a hospital, suggesting that many people do not act on early warning signs. Knowing and recognizing heart attack warning signs can save a life. When it comes to your heart, every minute matters. 

Many heart attacks start slowly with only mild pain or discomfort. Some people do not experience chest pain but instead have other signs. Signs of a heart attack include: 

  • Chest discomfort
    • Uncomfortable pressure, heaviness
    • Squeezing, tightness
    • Possible burning
    • Discomfort lasts more than two minutes, may come and go
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
    • One or both arms
    • Back
    • Neck, jaw
    • Stomach
  • Other signs (with or without chest discomfort)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Cold sweat
    • Nausea, vomiting
    • Light-headedness
    • Extreme weakness/fatigue
If you or someone you love is experiencing any sign or symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately and go directly to the emergency room.


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