Act in Time to Heart Attack 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.
Signs More Common for Women
Typically these symptoms occur without chest pain or discomfort.
- Sudden onset of weakness
- Shortness of breath
- Body aches or overall feeling of illness
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.