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Early Signs of a Heart Attack

The most damage to the heart occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. Just like smoke comes before file. Chest pressure and/or any of the below symptoms occur before chest pain or a heart attack. These milder symptoms may come and go, but it is important to be aware of the presence of these symptoms and be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. If you are experiencing any of the below, call 9-1-1 immedietely - do not drive yourself or let anyone drive you to the hospital.

  • Feeling of fullness
  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Back pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Anxiety or fatigue

Damage to the muscles of the heart caused by a heart attack is irreversible. The faster you act, the more muscle you can protect from harm. Time is muscle.

Heart attack is the number one killer in the United States. If more people were aware and acted on these early signs and symptoms, this statistic could change.

Last Updated: 2/6/2014