Getting advanced medical attention quickly greatly increases the victim’s chances of surviving a heart attack. That’s why it’s so important to recognize signs of a heart attack in yourself and others.
- Chest discomfort or pain: Often described as uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or tightness, aching, crushing, constricting, oppressive or heavy. The pain usually is behind the breastbone but may spread to one or more shoulders or arms, or to the neck, jaw or back.
- Shortness of breath
Many people don’t want to admit to themselves or others that they’re having a heart attack. This may delay medical care when it’s needed most. If you or someone around you displays these symptoms, immediately call an ambulance.