Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians
Section Two - Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs!
Did you know that healthy choices can reduce your risk factors for heart disease and protect your heart? Sometimes, even if we try our best, heart disease can result in a heart attack. That is why it is important to know the warning signs of a heart attack and what to do if you experience them. Quick action can help save your life or the life of someone else.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
The most common heart attack warning sign for men and women is chest pain or discomfort. Sometimes, the pain or discomfort is mild, and the warning signs may come and go. Most people have more than one warning sign. Some signs can occur at the same time.
Anyone with heart attack signs needs to get medical care as soon as possible. Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out. If you feel any of the signs on the next page, call 9–1–1 right away. Every minute counts!
Be prepared. Keep a heart attack survival plan and emergency card handy.
Will: "Since I have several risk factors for heart disease, it is important for me to know the heart attack signs and symptoms. I will be ready to act quickly if the symptoms occur. My doctor told me that it is best to call 9–1–1 immediately if I have any of the symptoms."
*If you do not have a 9–1–1 system, use your local emergency number.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6340