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The sudden onset of a heart attack is a scary experience. If you or someone
you love has a history of heart problems or are at risk of a heart attack,
you need to be aware of the potential early warning signs. Below, you
will find some of the most common warning signs of a heart attack, as
well as the action you should take to make sure treatment is administered
as quickly as possible.
Discomfort in the chest – Heart attacks can often be accompanied by mild discomfort that may be confused
with some other condition. If you have some discomfort in the center of
the chest lasting more than a few minutes. It can feel like pressure,
pain, fullness, or squeezing.
Difficulty breathing – This may also come with the discomfort in the chest, but you may notice
a shortness of breath.
Fever-like symptoms – The person experiencing the heart attack may have a cold sweat, show signs
of dizziness, or display nausea that appears like a fever.
Pain in other areas of the body – Pain may be distributed to the arms, back, stomach, jaw, or neck, causing
discomfort in multiple areas of the body.
If you or someone you love is displaying warning signs of a heart attack,
don’t take any chances, act quickly.
Call 9-1-1 immediately. Treatment should be provided as soon as possible because when a heart
attack hits, the condition can worsen within minutes.
Our cardiology services at Saint Francis Healthcare are top-notch and we
are focused on making sure our patients have the best treatment possible
for such a serious condition. If you have questions about heart attacks
or other heart conditions, contact our
cardiovascular team. In the event of an emergency, always call 9-1-1.