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9 early symptoms of a heart attack

Did you know heart attacks have beginnings that can occur weeks before the actual attack? Early heart attack care is critical in intervening to help prevent a heart attack and cardiac arrest.

“Early Heart Attack Care” or EHAC is a campaign designed to educate the community and caregivers on early symptoms of a heart attack in order to prevent the heart attack from ever occurring.

Unlike most programs that promote recognition of the signs and symptoms of an impending heart attack, the EHAC initiative encourages early recognition when symptoms may be mild.

So, what are the early symptoms of a heart attack?

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Paint the travels down one or both arms
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort

Call 911 if you experience or witness someone else presenting with any of the warning signs listed above. Calling 911 is the fastest way to receive lifesaving care. Remember, people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms!

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