To recognize a medical emergency at its earliest stages, learn to recognize symptoms and take immediate action.
Warning signs of a heart attack include:
• Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest and lasting more than a few minutes
• Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms
• Chest discomfort with light-headedness
• Shortness of breath
• For women, symptoms of heart disease or incipient heart attack may resemble indigestion, backache or a general feeling of malaise
Symptoms of cardiac arrest are different – a person collapses and loses consciousness, stops normal breathing, loses pulse and blood pressure.