85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. Early care is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack.

EARLY HEART ATTACK CARE (EHAC) IS:

  • A campaign to educate everyone as to what the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack are in order to prevent a heart attack from occurring, which prevents heart muscle damage.
  • A plea to be responsible for yourself and those around you who may have early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Urge them to seek immediate treatment.
  • An education program that concentrates on the benefits of receiving early treatment and activating EMS quickly – call 911

EHAC EARLY SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK ARE:

  • Nausea
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Back/jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort 

HOW IS EHAC DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PROGRAMS?

  • Unlike promotion of the signs and symptoms of an impending heart attack, the EHAC initiative encourages early recognition when symptoms may be mild
  • Approximately 50 percent of people experiencing these early symptoms may be able to prevent a heart attack if they receive early treatment before any damage to the heart can occur!