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What should I do at the first signs of a heart attack?

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Heart attacks need quick treatment to open any blocked artery and lessen any damage. At the first signs of a heart attack, call for emergency treatment (usually 911). Waiting before treatment raises the risk of damage to your heart and cuts your chance of survival.

Keep in mind that the discomfort from a heart attack can happen in the chest or in the arms, back, or jaw. If you have any of these symptoms, take them seriously. Get medical care right away.

From: Heart Disease and Heart Attacks WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018
Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018

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