Even if you’re not sure you’re having a heart attack, call 911 or the emergency number for your country and get immediate medical attention. Taking quick action can save your life.
The United States have the most advanced medical technologies for saving lives. However, not getting prompt medical care due to denial is one of the reasons why many people die from a heart attack.
Most people don’t call and get emergency help because they don’t want to be embarrassed if they’re wrong and they’re not really having a heart attack. So, millions of people that could have been saved end up dying.
If you’re wrong — and you’re actually not having a heart attack — the paramedics will give you the option of not going to the hospital. They’ll check you first to make sure you’re not having a heart attack or any other health problem that requires immediate medical attention. If they’re convinced that you are medically stable, you will be asked to sign a release of liability and you don’t have to go to the hospital .
If you’re having a heart attack, never drive yourself to the hospital emergency room. You might lose consciousness or die on your way to the hospital. If your heart attack makes it increasingly hard for you to breathe, you might crash your car and die — even if you could have survived your heart attack with appropriate medical care.
What are potential signs that you’re having a heart attack? One or more of the following classic symptoms of a heart attack require you to get immediate medical attention:
- Increasing shortness of breath that’s not relieved with resting
- Pressure on your chest or chest pain
- Pain that’s radiating to your left arm
- Nausea or even vomiting
- Abdominal discomfort that feels like heartburn, especially one that’s not going away
For women, signs of a heart attack may differ from men. They can have the classic symptoms of a heart attack or at least one of the following symptoms:
- Sudden and overwhelming fatigue
- New pain to shoulders
- New back pain
If you have potential signs and symtoms of a heart attack, call 911 or the emergency number for your country and get immediate medical attention. Even if you’re not sure you’re having a heart attack, get checked by health care providers as soon as possible. By taking quick action, you may save your own life.
Useful heart health resources:
- Are you at risk for a heart attack? Find out — Get tools that can help you assess your risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease. You can also check if you have risk factors that greatly increase your chances of developing heart disease.
- Warning signs of a heart attack — Most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Other heart attacks are sudden and intense. Learn the warning signs; so, you can get immediate life-saving help.
- Signs of cardiac arrest — Cardiac arrest usually strikes without warning. Learn the signs that your family or friend’s heart has stopped beating. If you get help immediately, (s)he can still be resuscitated and recover.