85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately. Heart Attack deaths kill 800,000 people per year in the US, but we can cut that number by 50% if people will learn the signs & symptoms of Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC).

Early Heart Attack Symptoms

Remember, people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms.

  • Nausea
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack

There are many different signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and not every person has all of them or the same signs. Men and women often display different symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms of a heart attack include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain or tightness in the chest, arm, jaw, shoulders or upper back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual onset of fatigue or discomfort in the arms, back, neck or stomach

If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms or think you might be having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack?

The more risk factors you have the greater your chance for a heart attack. Some risk factors can be controlled, and it has been proven that doing so will reduce the chances of heart disease developing or worsening. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors.

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Gender and Age - females 55 or older or past menopause; males 45 years or older

What to do?

If you or someone you are with are experiencing chest discomfort or any signs or symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Call 911 Immediately
  • Never drive yourself to the hospital

To learn more about Early Heart Attack care, symptoms, and how you can help to spread awareness, please visit www.deputyheartattack.org/index.html.