If you or someone you’re with has one or more of the signs below, call 9-1-1 immediately. Get to the hospital right away. Don’t drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option.
Heart Attack Symptoms
- CHEST DISCOMFORT
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH
This may be present with or without chest discomfort.
- OTHER SIGNS
They may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.
- FACE DROOPING
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
- ARM WEAKNESS
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- SPEECH DIFFICULTY
Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- TIME TO CALL 9-1-1
For more information, contact your nearest American Heart Association office or call