Save someone you love – know the five symptoms

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack (Source: CDC). If you were with a loved one who started having a heart attack, would you be able to recognize it so you could take action?

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is still important to seek out medical attention in cases of medical emergencies. If someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of heart attack below, every second counts. Seek out medical assistance or call 9-1-1 right away. 

Here are the five major symptoms of heart attack to look out for:

  1. Chest pain or discomfort. This pain can feel like swelling, fullness, or uncomfortable pressure.
  2. Feeling dizzy, weak, or faint.
  3. Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulders.
  4. Pain or discomfort in jaw, neck, or back.
  5. Shortness of breath. This can occur before or after chest pain starts.

These symptoms can vary depending on age, gender, or pre-existing condition. Women have also reported nausea and vomiting as a pre-sign of heart attack. 

One thing is absolute – the sooner you get medical treatment, the better your chances of surviving a heart attack. 

For more information on risk and heart-healthy living, visit the resource pages provided by the CDC and American Heart Association.