Recognizing a Heart EmergencyIN HEART HEALTH
- Keep a list of emergency rescue service numbers by the telephone and in your wallet or purse. The number may be 911 in your area, but you should verify ahead of time by looking in your phone book.
- Call emergency rescue quickly. If there are heart attack or stroke symptoms that last more than a few minutes, don't delay! Immediately call 911 or the EMS number so an ambulance (with advanced life support) can be sent for you.
- Consider being trained in CPR (mouth-to-mouth breathing and chest compression). It may be a lifesaver in a heart emergency.
- pain or discomfort in the chest or other areas of the upper body, such as back, neck, jaw, stomach, or either arm.
- shortness of breath that occurs along with chest discomfort, but can occur before chest discomfort.
- nausea, lightheadedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.
- sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- sudden, severe headache with no known cause
- sudden loss of responsiveness; no response to gentle shaking
- no normal breathing; the victim doesn't take a normal breath when you check for several seconds
- no signs of circulation; no movement or coughing.
For more information on heart health, visit the Heart and Circulation.