Tip Sheet #2: Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
A Heart Attack can kill you!
Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can save your life or the life of someone you know.
Know how your body normally feels.
Be aware of how you normally feel when you are sitting, walking, riding a bike or doing other activities. Be aware of changes in how you feel. Changes in how you feel may be a warning sign.
Watch out for Warning Signs of a Heart Attack*:
Many people who have a heart attack feel pain in the center of their chest. The pain can last awhile or come and go. The pain may not be a sharp pain, like when you cut yourself. It may feel more like someone is pushing against your chest.
Pain in other areas of the upper body
Warning signs can include pain or ache in one or both of your arms, your back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
Shortness of breath
Feeling short of breath or out of breath.
Cold Sweat, Sick to Stomach, or Dizziness
Other signs of a heart attack may include breaking out in a cold sweat, feeling sick to your stomach or dizziness.
*American Heart Association
You only have to show one of these signs. Most heart attacks start slowly with mild pain.
DON’T WAIT. THE FASTER YOU GET TREATMENT THE BETTER.
Call 911 Immediately.
If you think that you or someone else is having a heart attack. If you can’t make the call, GET HELP. You may save a life!
To watch actors demonstrate the warning signs of a heart attack go to http://ddssafety.net/health/heart-problems/videos-on-heart-health