While no one expects to have a heart attack, make sure you are aware of the signs in case you or someone you know may be having a heart attack. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. This can occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs. Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Call 911 if you experience heart attack warning signs. Calling 911 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. If you are having a life threatening emergency, make sure emergency personnel can get in to help you (e.g., that you’re in a place they can reach you, not behind a locked door). We also recommend you provide a key to a trusted neighbor in case of an emergency. More info at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/warning-signs-of-a-heart-attack
Hands Only CPR – 2 Steps to Save a Life
You can make a difference. If someone has cardiac arrest, every second counts. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can be used if someone is unconscious and not breathing until emergency help arrives.
The American Heart Association provides information to help you learn the simple steps to save a life. Visit the AHA website to learn more and view a 60 second video on how to provide CPR at https://international.heart.org/en/hands-only-cpr
- Every minute CPR is delayed, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10%
- Immediate CPR from someone nearby can double—even triple—their chance of survival.
More information at https://international.heart.org/en/hands-only-cpr