Worldwide, a substantial number of men and women who have coronary artery disease die within 28 days after experiencing symptoms: of these, two-thirds die before reaching a hospital. It is critical that everyone recognizes the warning signs of a heart attack, for yourself and someone you care about, which may include:
• Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or even stomach.
• Shortness of breath: Often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
• Other symptoms: May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
If you feel you are experiencing heart attack symptoms, do not delay. Minutes matter! Call 911 Immediately. While waiting for an ambulance, chew one adult strength (325 mg) aspirin tablet. Aspirin reduces the risk of death by up to 23% if administered when a heart attack is suspected, and for 30 days thereafter. The use of aspirin as a heart attack first aid could potentially save 10,000 lives each year in the US alone.
MINUTES MATTER – CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!