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    Heart Attack Treatment

     Call 911

    1. Know Heart Attack Symptoms

    • Chest discomfort that may last more than a few minutes or go away and come back; it may feel like squeezing, fullness, pressure, or pain.
    • Pain or discomfort in the upper body, including arm, left shoulder, back, neck, jaw, or below the breastbone
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (with or without chest pain)
    • Sweating or "cold sweat"
    • Indigestion, heartburn, nausea, or vomiting
    • Light-headedness, dizziness, or extreme weakness
    • Anxiety or rapid or irregular heartbeats

    2. Wait for Emergency Help to Arrive

    • Do not drive to the hospital unless you have no other option. Ambulance personnel can start care as soon as they arrive.
    • If there is no history of aspirin allergy or bleeding, emergency response may ask the person to chew one 325 mg aspirin slowly.

    3. Follow Up

    • At the hospital, an emergency department doctor will examine the person and run tests to see if chest pain stems from a heart attack or another cause. Tests may include an electrocardiogram (ECG), chest X-ray, and blood tests.
    • Inform the person's doctor about the chest pain and ER visit.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on November 21, 2015

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