Preventing heart attacks prevents heart damage.
Heart attacks have “beginnings” and these occur in over 50% of patients.
According to the Society of Chest Pain Centers:
- Heart disease causes approximately 1 of every 4 deaths in the United States.
- About 50% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital. This suggests that many people don’t act on early warning signs.
- 85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack.
- Survey results show that only 27% of the respondents were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1.
Know the early symptoms or the “beginnings” of a heart attack.
While people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms, they may experience mild chest symptoms, such as
- Pressure, squeezing or discomfort
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of Fullness
- Pain that travels down one of both arms
Symptoms can begin about 2 weeks prior to a major event. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.
Share early heart attack care with your family and friends. Paying careful attention to these early symptoms can prevent heart attacks and save heart muscle damage.