Act In Time To Heart Attack Signs

A heart attack is a frightening probably don’t want to think about it. However, if you learn the signs of a heart attack and what steps to take, you can save a life...perhaps your own. By using this information, you will be able to act quickly and calmly if you, a family member, or a friend has a heart attack.




Chest Discomfort

Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.


Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body

This may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.


Shortness of Breath

May often occur with or before chest discomfort.


Other Signs

May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.



If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away. Don’t wait more than a few minutes...5 minutes at call 9-1-1. If you are having symptoms and cannot call 9-1-1, have someone else drive you to the hospital right away. Never drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other choice.



Most people having a heart attack wait too long to seek medical help because they:

  • Do not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and think that what they are feeling is due to something else.
  • Are afraid or unwilling to admit that their symptoms could be serious.
  • Are embarrassed about “causing a scene,” or going to the hospital and finding out it is a false alarm.
  • Do not understand the importance of getting to the hospital right away.


As a result, most heart attack victims wait 2 or more hours after their symptoms begin before they seek medical help. This delay can result in death or permanent heart damage...damage that can greatly reduce their ability to do everyday activities.

The content on this site is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.