Speedy Heart Attack Treatment Makes Big Difference
A new study emphasizes the need for people to call 9-1-1 immediately if they
have chest pain that becomes worse and lasts more than 5 minutes. When this
occurs, you could be having a heart attack, and the sooner you get treatment,
the better chances you have not only of surviving, but of having a higher
quality of life. If you experience nausea or lightheadedness with the chest
pain, the chances that you’re having a heart attack are even higher.
With every minute that you don’t get treatment for a heart attack, the heart
muscle becomes more damaged. Patients often wait for up to two hours, because
they think they might be experiencing indigestion, and they’re afraid they’ll be
embarrassed if they go to the hospital for something like that. Women, in
particular, tend to wait longer before calling 9-1-1.
The message is: chest pain can mean you’re having a heart attack. Don’t wait
around to find out. Call for help right away to minimize damage to your heart.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 21 July 2004.