Early Heart Attack Care

  • Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event
  • Every minute an American will die from a coronary event
  • 85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of heart attack

Emergency service technicians can often begin diagnosis and treatment early, when minutes matter. First responders can also alert emergency departments that a patient is coming and help ensure you will be seen by a physician right away upon arrival.

Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC), developed by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting immediately – before heart damage occurs. These signs may occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack. If recognized in time, these initial symptoms can be treated before the heart is damaged.

You may experience some, but not all, of the following symptoms, which may also come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.

  • Nausea
  • Pain traveling down one or both arms
  • Shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness

Click here to learn more about your heart disease risk.