Learning the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack enables you to
know how to save a life – of someone you love, someone you work
with, even yourself.
More than 800,000 people die in the U.S. every year from a heart attack.
On average, half of these patients had, but ignored, the early warning signs:
A feeling of fullness
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Jaw pain
- Excessive fatigue
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pressure, squeezing, aching or burning
The victim may experience any or all of the warning signs. When they first
begin, the symptoms can be mild or come and go. Over time, they become
worse, until the victim collapses. Be smart. Call 9-1-1 and get to the
nearest emergency department for care at the first sign of a heart attack.
King’s Daughters Medical Center has been continuously accredited
as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Care since 2004
and was the first hospital in the region to achieve this designation.