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  • Signs & Symptoms of Heart Attack

  • Love your heart. Live longer.

    When it comes to emergency medical care for your heart, every moment counts. In fact, the likelihood of permanent damage increases with each minute your heart muscle goes without oxygen. If you're having chest pain or other heart attack symptoms, call 911 and get to Mercy Regional Medical Center as quickly as possible. Mercy specializes in caring for heart attack patients, and our emergency, interventional cardiology, and intensive care services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


    Know the signs:

    • Heartburn, chest pressure, fullness, squeezing, tightness, pain or heaviness anywhere in the chest lasting more than a few minutes
    • Pain spreading to the shoulder, neck, jaw, in one or both arms, stomach or back
    • Tingling or numbness down either arm
    • Irregular pulse
    • Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, or a feeling of doom or imminent death
    • Unusual fatigue, especially with activity



    Know the risks:
    What is your risk for heart attack? Recognize the risks that apply to you:

    • Family history of early heart disease (father or brother diagnosed before age 55; mother or sister diagnosed before age 65)
    • Age (men 45 years or older; women 55 years or older)
    • High blood cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • One or more previous heart attacks, angina, bypass surgery, angioplasty, stroke, or blockages in neck or leg arteries
    • Overweight
    • Physically inactive



    If you are experiencing any warning signs of heart attack:

    • Don’t delay care
    • Call 911 immediately
    • Don’t drive yourself
    • Take one regular aspirin, unless you are allergic
    • Tell the ambulance driver that you are having chest pains
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