Heart attack warning signs

Heart attack victims often delay seeking medical help, frequently with fatal results. Most heart attack deaths occur in the first two hours, yet studies have found that many people wait four to six hours to get to an emergency room. Never ignore the Heart attack warning signs, which include the following:

•   chest pain: an uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or crushing feeling in the center of the chest that lasts two minutes or longer

•   severe pain that radiates to the shoulders, neck, arms, jaw, or top of the stomach

•   shortness of breath

•  Heart attack warning signs paleness

•   sweating

•   rapid or irregular pulse

•   dizziness, fainting, or loss of consciousness

Not all of these Heart attack warning signs occur in every case. And some people, especially older people and diabetics, may not experience symptoms during a heart attack. (These so-called "silent heart attacks" can be detected only by an electrocardiogram.) If you suspect you may be experiencing a heart attack, get emergency help immediately.

 
 
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