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Heart Attack Symptoms

Speed Matters

Man having a heart attackKnowing the first signs of a heart attack can save your life. Heart attacks are common. Every year, more than 800,000 Americans have a heart attack — that’s someone every 40 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While some have silent heart attacks — 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent, many people have heart warning signs. Symptoms can vary, but the most common signs are:

  • Pressure, squeezing, discomfort or pain in the chest
  • Discomfort in the neck, jaw, shoulders, arms or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating

If you think you’re having a heart attack, call 911 right away. The faster you get help, the less likely you’ll have significant heart damage after a heart attack.

Early signs of heart attack in men can be different from women’s heart attack symptoms. Men might mistake chest pain for indigestion. Women and people with diabetes might experience shortness of breath when resting, indigestion and nausea.

Call 911 Without Delay

When you have a heart attack, your heart is not getting enough blood. Medications and procedures can restore the blood flow and save your heart muscle. That’s why speed matters. The sooner you receive treatment, the better. Time is muscle.

If you think you’re having a heart attack or have heart attack warning signs, call 911. This allows first responders to get to you quickly and notify the hospital you’re coming, allowing caregivers to prepare for your arrival.

High blood pressure and heart attacks are related. This condition, as well as unhealthy cholesterol levels can put you at a greater risk of a heart attack. Learn more below and be sure to take our quiz to protect yourself and your loved ones.


Caring for Severe Heart Attacks

Some heart attacks are worse than others. A ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, known as a STEMI, is a severe heart attack. If you suffer one of these, sometimes called windowmakers heart attack, going to a 24-hour STEMI Center can be lifesaving. Not all hospitals have the same capabilities to treat severe heart attacks.

Enloe Medical Center is a STEMI Receiving Center — a designation given by Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency (S-SV EMS). Working with emergency responders, the caregivers at STEMI Receiving Centers expediate treatment, so patients receive the care they need within 90 minutes of paramedics’ arrival.

A Healthier Heart

A healthier heart means a healthier you. See how to eat well and keep your heart strong with regular physical activity below.


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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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