Emergency Information

Heart Attacks

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attacks:

  • Chest discomfort or pain, uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that can be mild or strong.
  • This discomfort or pain can last for more than a few minutes or go away and come back.
  • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath may occur with or before chest discomfort.
  • Other signs include nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, lightheadedness, or fainting, or breaking out in a cold sweat.

*These symptoms are typical for both men and women, but women may also exhibit:

  • Anxiety, dizziness, trouble sleeping
  • Extreme fatigue, weakness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Upset stomach

*If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms and they do not go away for several minutes, call 911!

Risk Factors for Heart Attacks:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Diabetes
  • Are over the age of 45 (men) 55 (women)
  • Family history of heart disease

Lifestyle Modifications:

  • Lose weight
  • Exercise - 20 minutes a day 4-5 times a week can significantly cut your risk of having a heart attack.  
  • Low-fat diet high in fruits and vegetables
  • Decrease red meat intake, increase lean meats such as fish and chicken
  • Manage health conditions that contribute to heart attacks

For more information, visit the American Heart Association.

The information provided is meant to be viewed in non-emergency situations. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 immediately.