Heart Attack Symptoms & Care
While some heart attacks happen suddenly, many begin more slowly and give warning signs.
If you think you may be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately so responders can start treatment and take you to the emergency room as fast as possible.
Heart Attack Symptoms
- Chest discomfort: Pressure, squeezing, a feeling of fullness or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than several minutes or happening on and off.
- Upper body discomfort: Pain or uncomfortable sensations in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
- Other symptoms, such as a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Men and women most commonly experience chest discomfort or pain, but women are somewhat more likely to have shortness of breath, nausea and/or vomiting and pain in the back or jaw.
Time Makes the Difference
As a specialty cardiac center, the Overlake Emergency Department provides rapid, expert care that saves lives.
We far exceed the national standard of 90 minutes for surgical heart attack intervention to open a blocked artery with a balloon-tipped catheter. Our team has met that goal in as little as 22 minutes and generally achieves it within 60 minutes.
If you think it may be a heart attack, don’t delay. Call 911 now!