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.

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.