Getting Heart Attack Treatments Fast Enough
Death from heart attacks can often be prevented if patients simply get to a hospital fast enough. The problem is that people don't always realize they're having a heart attack. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is hoping to increase awareness of the symptoms of a heart attack and the importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately. It's created an "Act in Time" campaign that has information about the warning signs of a heart attack, how to respond and a heart attack survival plan you can print out, personalize and keep handy in case of emergency.
The symptoms of a heart attack are often milder or different than people expect. Symptoms can include:
- Chest discomfort (can feel like pressure, pain, squeezing or fullness)
- Discomfort or pain in the jaw, one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking into a cold sweat
Visit the site NHLBI has created (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/actintime/index.htm
) for more information.