Know the Warning Signs

Heart attacks don’t always happen like they play out in movies and on TV. In real life, most heart attacks start slowly, with only mild pain or discomfort. That’s why it’s so important to be informed and know all the warning signs of a heart attack, so you can seek care immediately if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  1. Chest discomfort – pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back.
  2. Discomfort in other areas of your body – including one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath – a feeling of difficult or labored breathing.
  4. Other signs – breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Symptoms of a heart attack are similar in men and women. However, women are more likely than men to experience “nontraditional” signs, such as shortness of breath, nausea and back or jaw pain. Learn more about the warning signs from the American Heart Association.

When it comes to a heart attack, every minute matters. Fast action can save lives—including your own. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, don’t wait more than five minutes to call 911 or your local emergency response number. And remember, Holy Family Memorial’s Heart & Vascular Center is the provider of top-quality, comprehensive cardiac care in Manitowoc County. Get world-class heart care minutes from home from your dedicated hometown team at Holy Family Memorial.