The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack each year.
Act Fast When A Heart Attack Is Suspected
When a heart attack strikes, the faster you are treated, the lower your risk is of heart muscle damage or death. It's important to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and act immediately by calling 911, even if you are not sure you're having a heart attack.
All of the following can be signs of a heart attack:
- Chest discomfort, pressure, tightness
- Nausea, vomiting, belching
- Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest (for women)
- Shortness of breath
- Squeezing that spreads through the chest and/or radiates to other areas of the body
- Unusual fatigue
For a cardiologist at St. John’s, call (877) 753-6248, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergency heart care, call 911.