Warning signs of heart attack and cardiac arrest

Oklahoman Published: October 3, 2009
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

• Fainting

• Sweating

• Nausea

• 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.

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