Heart Attack Symptoms

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

   These are generally not constant, but intermittent signs and symptoms

 

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!

Click here to download an informational flyer on Early Heart Attack Care.