If these signs are present CALL 999
Heart Attack Symptoms
- CHEST DISCOMFORT
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH
With or without chest discomfort.
- OTHER SIGNS
May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheartedness
- FACE DROOPING
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
- ARM WEAKNESS
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- SPEECH DIFFICULTY
Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- TIME TO CALL 9-1-1
If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Cardiac Arrest Symptoms
- SUDDEN LOSS OF RESPONSIVENESS
No response to tapping on shoulders.
- NO NORMAL BREATHING
The victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds.