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.