Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)
- Angina is not a heart attack, but if the angina pain is severe or prolonged, it can lead to a heart attack.
- Many heart attacks start slowly
- Early Signs and Symptoms of a heart attack, such as mild chest pain or discomfort
- The chest pain or discomfort may come and go
- Pain may be confused with indigestion or heartburn
- Severe pain in center of chest or throat that can be described as crushing, squeezing, or heavy
- Worst pain ever experienced
- The pain can move into one or both arms, the left shoulder, neck, jaw, or back
Other symptoms of early heart attack include:
- Cold sweat
- Shortness of breath
- Severe anxiety
- Irregular heartbeats
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Is pain the first sign of heart attack?
For most people having a heart attack, pain is considered an early symptom that can range in severity. However, not all individuals suffering from a heart attack have pain. Up to 20% do not feel pain with heart attack and those usually include:
- People with diabetes
- Older people
The signs of early heart attack can occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack. DO NOT WAIT, call 9-1-1 for help with any of the above signs of early heart attack.SOURCES: