Unfortunately, many people who experience heart attack symptoms delay getting medical attention. They try to find other reasons for feeling badly, like have a hard day at work or eating a heavy meal, decide to rest, and wait for the symptoms to go away.
Do not make this mistake — it could be deadly. To be most effective, treatments for a heart attack are needed right away, within 1 hour of the start of the symptoms.
If you or a family member has any of the following signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1. Get the person to a hospital immediately.
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. This often comes along with chest discomfort, but also can occur before chest discomfort.
- Other symptoms. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
Sometimes, a heart attack goes untreated through no fault of a physician. To protect yourself, you need to take care of your own health and get regular medical check-ups.
If you or a family member suffered injury or death from the failure of a doctor or hospital to respond immediately to heart attack symptoms, contact us immediately.
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