Learning to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack can help save your life or that of a friend or family member. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, accounting for one in every six deaths. You can work daily to keep your heart healthy by eating right, limiting alcohol consumption, and exercising regularly. But even with a healthy lifestyle, you should know when to go the emergency room for chest pain.
You could be experiencing a heart attack if your CHEST PAIN feels like:
- An elephant is sitting on your chest
- Bands are tightening around your rib cage
- Ropes are tied to your back
While it is a classic heart attack symptom, chest pain is not always present in every heart attack case. Be sure to recognize other symptoms of a heart attack.
Call 911 or go to ER if YOU:
- Have shortness of breath or feelings of anxiety and nervousness
- Have pain that travels down one or both arms
- Feel pain in your jaw, back, or neck
It is also important to know that these signs can vary between men and women. Women are more likely to dismiss their symptoms or prolong getting the care they may need.
If you believe your chest pains could be a heart attack, don’t wait. Call 911 immediately or go to an emergency room.
Chew and swallow one aspirin if you are not allergic, as this blood thinner could help to alleviate damage.