What is Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)?

Early Heart Attack Care education asks you to learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack so you can become an active bystander to save a life – even it if is yours. It is a national initiative, that teaches that heart attacks can have early warning signs, from the American College of Cardiology. Over 800,000 people die in the US every year from a heart attack. On average, 50% of these patients displayed, but ignored, the warning signs.

What are the warning signs?

Someone may experience any or all of these symptoms. When they start, they can be mild or come and go. Women, diabetics and the elderly may not have chest pain at all.

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

People may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally coming constant and severe.

What can I do?

You can:

  • Know the early signs or symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Recognize these symptoms in yourself, in a co-worker, family member or stranger.
  • Reassure the person that mild, early symptoms can be warning signs that if treated can save them from having heart damage.handsonly3
  • Encourage the person to choose the closest hospital.
  • Turn-around their denial.
  • Act! Take charge quickly, calmly, responsibly and ALWAYS call 9-1-1.
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