Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)

  • Angina is not a heart attack, but if the angina pain is severe or prolonged, it can lead to a heart attack.
  • Many heart attacks start slowly
  • Early Signs and Symptoms of a heart attack, such as mild chest pain or discomfort
  • The chest pain or discomfort may come and go
  • Pain may be confused with indigestion or heartburn
  • Severe pain in center of chest or throat that can be described as crushing, squeezing, or heavy
  • Worst pain ever experienced
  • The pain can move into one or both arms, the left shoulder, neck, jaw, or back

Other symptoms of early heart attack include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cold sweat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Light-headedness
  • Severe anxiety External Website Link
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Irregular heartbeats

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Is pain the first sign of heart attack?

For most people having a heart attack, pain is considered an early symptom that can range in severity. However, not all individuals suffering from a heart attack have pain. Up to 20% do not feel pain with heart attack and those usually include:

  • Women
  • People with diabetes External Website Link
  • Older people

The signs of early heart attack can occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack. DO NOT WAIT, call 9-1-1 for help with any of the above signs of early heart attack.

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