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Chest Pain Awareness

Early Signs

Early signs and symptoms that can begin hours or days before a heart attack. You may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms. You may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.

  • Nausea, lightheadness or cold sweats
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Sleep disturbances including bouts of insomnia or trouble either getting to sleep or staying asleep
  • Indigestion

While these are the primary signs of heart attack in adults, women can often experience less commons signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Sharp, burning chest pain
  • Fluttering in the chest (also known as arrhythmia)
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, abdomen or throat
  • Upper back pain
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Upper body discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen

If you one or more of these symptoms, you owe it to yourself to get these symptoms checked out immediately at Sumner Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department

Cardiac Arrest: Minutes Matter

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Watch the following video from the American Heart Association for another demonstration of Hands-Only CPR.

Learn the signs. Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don't wait – call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.

We are an accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI, certified by ACC Accreditation Services, the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology.


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