Heart Attack Warning Signs & Symptoms

If you are having symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
During a heart emergency, seconds count. Each passing minute after a heart attack, more heart tissue loses oxygen and dies. The best way to minimize heart damage is to restore blood flow quickly.

heartandstethoscopeHeart attack treatment varies depending on the situation. You may be treated with medications, undergo an invasive procedure or both, depending on the severity of your condition.

Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Chest discomfort or pain
  • Upper body pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety and sweating
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Call 911 Immediately

The most important thing you can do if you think you are having heart attack symptoms is to call 911 immediately and tell them you are experiencing heart attack symptoms. They will send an ambulance to transport you to a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible so a doctor can examine and treat you.

Take a Full Strength Aspirin

You can prevent further blood clotting by crushing or chewing a full-strength aspirin (swallow with a glass of water).

Know Your Risk Level

Take our Heart Risk Assessment to learn if you are at risk for heart disease.