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Heart Attack Warning Signs

Know the signs of a heart attack and seek immediate care

A heart attack happens when the flow of blood to your heart suddenly becomes blocked. This prevents your heart from getting the oxygen it needs. Without the oxygen carried to your heart through blood flow, your heart starts to die. Quickly restoring blood flow is important to save lives.

Warning Signs & Symptoms

  • Chest discomfort or pain – usually in the center of your chest, it can feel like an uncomfortable pressure or squeezing, this may come and go
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded

These symptoms are the same for men and women. However, women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

You could have all of the above symptoms or only one or two symptoms and still be having a heart attack. No matter how many symptoms you have, it’s important to seek treatment right away.

Call 9-1-1

If you experience these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Do not try to tough it out or drive yourself to the emergency department.

Take an ambulance to the hospital. Paramedics provide the care you need as they transport you to the emergency department and coordinate with our heart team to alert us of your condition so we are ready for you when you arrive.

Bryan Medical Center has specially trained heart teams ready to respond 24/7. Our quick response time to provide care to you or your loved one exceeds the national average, ensuring you get the care you need as quickly as possible.



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