Warning Signs of Heart Attack
People who suffer heart attacks often experience symptoms before the onset of crushing pain in the chest. Awareness of these "warning signs" will help you seek help sooner, improve your chances of survival and limit damage to your heart.
- Mild discomfort or nagging ache in the center of your chest
- Recurring discomfort that feels like indigestion
- Chest pain upon exertion, subsiding with rest
- Shortness of breath
- Discomfort in the neck, jaw, arm or back
- Flu-like symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, weakness and sweating
Women often have different symptoms, including:
- Stomach pain
- Unexplained anxiety
- Extreme fatigue
- Cold sweats
If you experience any of these "warning signs," call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not drive yourself. Emergency crews are trained to assess your condition on the spot and begin immediate life-saving treatment. Exercise your preference with your emergency crew and ask to be taken to St. Mary's of Michigan.