Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

  • A tightness or squeezing sensation in the middle of the chest. Women may experience abdominal pain and weakness.
  • An ache or pain in either arm or both arms, possibly spreading to the shoulders, neck or jaw.
  • A feeling of dizziness or nausea, sometimes fainting or sudden sweating.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Pain high in the stomach, similar to heartburn or indigestion.

Know What to Do Until Help Arrives

  • Call 911.
  • If you're having a heart attack, chew one adult-strength aspirin (325 mg) or 2-4 low-dose aspirin (81 mg). EXCEPT if you cannot take aspirin due to allergies or other reasons.
  • If you see someone who is unconscious, and you know CPR, check for a pulse then apply your training. If you don't know CPR, ask the 911 operator to coach you.