Every second counts when a heart attack occurs. Knowing the warning signs and the proper steps for treatment are critical for your survival or that of a loved one. Although some heart attacks occur suddenly, a majority have clear warning signs that could mean the difference between life and death. They include:
Bilateral arm pain
Shortness of breath
Other signs - breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
Women may be more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
The best way to avoid a life-threatening outcome from a heart attack is to call 9-1-1. The reason? Those treated by emergency medical services (EMS) receive prompt care and increase their chance of survival. If you feel you are experiencing a heart attack, don't hesitate - call 9-1-1 immediately.