It's About Time.
Statistics indicate that many people have difficulty identifying the symptoms of a heart attack. Still others ignore these symptoms or are in denial that they are experiencing a heart attack. While heart attack symptoms may not always be sudden and severe, they can quickly increase in intensity within a matter of minutes and become progressively worse.
Typically a “Hollywood Heart Attack,” a rapid and dramatic onset of debilitating pain, is rare. Many heart attacks start slowly and often the person may not be sure of what is happening. Heart attack symptoms come in “all shapes and sizes,” and even a person who has experienced a previous heart attack may have completely different symptoms during a subsequent occurrence.
Recognizing the signs of a heart attack is the critical first step in receiving the timely, life-saving care you need. They include:
Chest pain may also be a sign of something less serious than a heart attack, such as a pulled muscle, heartburn, stomach ulcer, panic attack, or pneumonia. However, if one or more of the above symptoms is present, or if you are unsure what is causing your chest pain,
don’t drive yourself to the hospital – call 911 for immediate care.
When you experience one or more heart attack symptoms, take action and dial 911 – never drive yourself – for the fastest and best possible care. Early diagnosis and treatment saves lives and delays in reaching medical assistance can be fatal. Every second counts and prompt treatment helps to preserve more heart muscle, while preventing more extensive and permanent damage.
While many heart attack patients will wait two hours or more to seek treatment after experiencing heart attack symptoms, statistics indicate that calling 911, versus driving yourself, can save up to an hour in treatment time. This valuable time can mean the difference between permanent heart damage or even death, and a treatable heart condition.
Remember, calling for help first ensures the fastest possible assistance and allows EMS personnel to quickly forward critical EKG data to a participating hospital, which prompts the activation of emergency catheterization teams, advance preparation for the incoming patient, and rapid intervention upon arrival. Its About Time, so take action!
Learn The Facts About Heart Attacks
- Dialing 911 instead of driving can save you up to an hour in chest pain treatment time.
- Dial 911 for chest pain and you are guaranteed rapid response, transport and treatment.
- Consistent pain in both arms, especially the left one, can be symptoms of a heart attack.
- Intense anxiety and a high pulse rate during inactivity can be symptoms of a heart attack.
- Ongoing feelings of indigestion are often overlooked symptoms of a heart attack.
- Jaw pain, sweatiness and fatigue can be symptoms of a heart attack.
- Exercising 20 minutes a day, 4 times a week can cut your risk of heart attack in half.
- Preventative screenings through your physician can determine your risk for heart disease.
- Knowing your family health history can help you take measures to prevent heart disease.