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Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)

Do you know that heart attacks have "beginnings" that can occur weeks before an actual attack? It is important to recognize these beginnings to help prevent a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction).

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Each year, approximately 1.2 million Americans suffer a heart attack. Over 80,000 people die every year from a heart attack and on average, 50% of these patients displayed, but ignored, the warning signs.

People often mistake heart attack warning signs, such as chest pain, and think they have heartburn or pulled a muscle. The unfortunate outcome is that many people wait too long before getting help. We want you to recognize the early symptoms of a heart attack.

Heart attacks are often viewed as a man’s problem. The truth is more women in the United States die of heart disease each year than men. Women often experience signs and symptoms that are different from those that men experience.

Early Symptoms:
  • Chest pain or discomfort: the discomfort usually lasts for more than a few minutes or it may go away and come back; the discomfort may feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: this may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath may occur with or before chest discomfort
  • Other symptoms: breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness; treatments are most effective when they occur in the early stages of chest pain
Heart attack signs in women sometimes go unnoticed. They include the following:
  • Pressure, fullness, squeezing pain in the center of the chest, spreading to the neck, shoulder or jaw
  • Light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Upper abdominal pressure or discomfort
  • Lower chest discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Unusual shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
Don’t delay! Don’t take chances! If you have chest pain or other heart attack symptoms, call 9-1-1 and seek medical attention immediately!

Join us in taking the EHAC Oath today:

“I understand that heart attacks have beginnings and on occasion, signs of an impending heart attack may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, shoulder and/or arm pain and weakness. These may occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack. I solemnly swear that if happens to me or anyone I know I will call 9-1-1 or activate Emergency Medical Services.

Visit www.DeputyHeartAttack.org for more information about heart disease and prevention or click here to download an educational brochure.

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