Heart Attack Warning Signs

See below for a handy patient guide and other materials for you and your family compliments of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Patient Heart Attack Action Plan

Act in Time Brochure - English

Act in Time Brochure - Spanish

Act in Time Wallet Card

Heart Attach Survival Plan

For other great resources see the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute"Act in Time" program at the following link, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/actintime.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs

Heart Attack Warning Signs
Regional Medical Center of San Jose participates in the "Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs" program. What are the warning signs for a heart attack?

  • Chest Discomfort
    Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body
    This may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of Breath
    May often occur with or before chest discomfort.
  • Other Signs
    May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.

Fast Action Saves Lives
If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away. Don’t wait more than a few minutes – 5 minutes at most—to call 9-1-1. If you are having symptoms and cannot call 9-1-1, have someone else drive you to the hospital right away. Never drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other choice.

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