Learn What a Heart Attack Feels Like
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Act fast. Call 911. It could save your life.
Clot-busting medicines and other treatments can stop a heart attack as it is happening.
These treatments work best if given within 1 hour of when heart attack signs begin.
If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 right away.
Know the heart attack warning signs:
- Your chest may feel pressure.
- You may feel discomfort in one or both arms, or the back or stomach.
- You may feel discomfort in your neck or jaw.
- You may feel like you can’t breathe.
- You may feel light-headed or break out in a cold sweat.
- You may feel sick to your stomach.
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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.
Last Updated March 2012