- Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest
- Pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweats, nausea or light-headedness
Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?
How do you survive a heart attack? Fast action is your best weapon. Clot-busting drugs and other artery-opening treatments can stop a heart attack in its tracks. Given soon after symptoms begin, these treatments can prevent or limit damage to the heart. The quicker they are started, the more good they will do and the greater the chances are of a full recovery. To be most effective, these treatments should be given within one hour of the start of heart attack symptoms. The benefit of opening the blocked artery decreases with each passing hour from symptom onset until treatment. Unfortunately most people having a heart attack wait too long to seek medical help — and that can be a fatal mistake. In fact, most heart attack victims wait two hours or more after their symptoms begin before seeking medical help. This delay can result in death or permanent heart damage. Warning Signs For Heart Attack