Could I be Having a Heart Attack?
Warning Signs of Heart Attack
- Chest Discomfort - Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body - Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath - With or without chest discomfort. Sweating, nausea or lightheadedness.
Women are more likely to experience symptoms other than chest pain. They may have a greater tendency to have pain just under the breastbone. Or complain of abdominal pain, indigestions, difficulty breathing, nausea and unexplained fatigue.
If you cannot access EMS, have someone drive you to the hospital. Don't drive yourself unless there is absolutely no other option. Symptoms may go away and come back. You may not have all of these symptoms in every heart attack or stroke.
If you see or have any of the listed symptoms immediately call 9-1-1.
The Riverside Community Hospital's Emergency Department is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for excellence in emergency heart attack procedures. Our specialists provide the latest advances in heart failure, heart surgery and heart attack interruption. The Emergency Department can be reached directly at (951) 788-3000.