If you notice any of the symptoms described below, call your doctor or a health information line as soon as possible. If neither of these is available, call the emergency department of your nearest hospital or 9-1-1*.
If your chest, arm, throat, neck or jaw hurts, if you have feelings of pressure or tightness in these areas, this may be mild or early heart attack symptoms. Call your doctor and have someone drive you to the hospital or call 9-1-1. Take an aspirin (chew it up) on the way.
Listen to your body and respond to symptoms as early as possible to help prevent any additional permanent damage to your heart.
Call 9-1-1 immediately* if you have:
After calling 9-1-1, continue to stay on the phone with the emergency operator... he or she will give you (or the person calling for you) further instructions. If you pass out before giving all your information, they will be able to locate you if the line remains open.
If you live in a rural area, advise emergency services in your area of your condition.
If (and only if) an ambulance is not readily available, have someone drive you to emergency.
It might feel like pressure in your chest, but you think it could be indigestion. Don't take a chance. Call your doctor, pop an aspirin and head for the hospital.
Remember... better safe than sorry. You have heart disease!
The hospital won’t be angry with you if it’s a false alarm. The worst case scenario, if it truly is indigestion, is that you will spend a few hours in emergency and then go home. On the other hand if you don’t go when you need to go, you may be gone!
See more about symptoms of heart problems.