Chest Pain Awareness
Having Chest Pain & Symptoms? Call 911
Heart attacks have beginnings. These beginnings occur in more than 50% of patients. Most importantly, if recognized in time, these “beginnings” can be treated before the heart is damaged!
- Heart disease causes approximately 1 of 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.
- Survey results show that only 27% of the respondents were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 911.
By sharing Early Heart Attack Education (EHAC), we can change these sobering statistics!
WHAT IS EHAC?
Early Heart Attack (or EHAC) education asks you to learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack so you can become an active bystander to save a life - even ig it's yours. Why?
- Over 800,000 people die in the US every year from a heart attack
- On average, 50% of these patients displayed, but ignored, the warning signs
Early signs and symptoms that can begin hours or days before a heart attack. You may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms. You may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Jaw pain
- Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of fullness
- Sleep disturbances including bouts of insomnia or trouble egetting to sleep and/or staying asleep
If you one or more of these symptoms, you owe it to yourself to get these symptoms checked out immediately at Harris Regional Hospital emergency department.