All heart attacks have beginnings. St. Mary's works with each patient to inform and educate about preventative care for heart health.
Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) education teaches you to recognize the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Why? We want you to become an active bystander so you can save a life — even if it’s yours.
About 750,000 people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year. Of those, about 116,000 die. Many of these patients experienced early symptoms.
Someone might have one or more of these common symptoms:
When they start, they can be mild or come and go. Over time, the symptoms and pain become more intense. Stay alert and always pay attention to chest pressure.
Most heart damage can occur within the first two hours of a heart attack. EHAC encourages you to know the subtle signs of a heart attack and act on them before heart damage occurs.
Survive. Don’t drive. Call 9-1-1.
These are the general risk factors. Be sure to discuss your risk with your doctor.
Some heart attack symptoms can be different between men and women. Why does it matter? Women may be less likely to seek immediate medical care which can cause more damage to the heart.
In an atypical presentation, the signs and symptoms are different. How? The patient may not complain about pain or pressure in the chest. Be alert for the following:
Information courtesy of American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services
We are pleased to offer a virtual EHAC education course to the community, in conjunction with the American College of Cardiology. Just click here to register.