At St. Bernards, there’s a reason we don’t have a chest pain center because chest pain is often the last warning sign of a heart attack. So to help, we created the Heart Attack Treatment Center to encourage you to get help at the FIRST SIGN of a heart attack instead of waiting until it’s too late.
Remember, the longer you ignore the warning signs, the more irreversible damage your heart sustains. Know the symptoms, and don’t wait. Call 911. If it turns out to be indigestion, don’t be embarrassed. That’s fine by us.
Know the Warning Signs:
- Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort
- Nausea and lightheadedness
- Flu-like symptoms, including chills and cold sweats
- Heart palpitations
- Chest discomfort: pain, tightness or pressure in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back
- Discomfort in other areas, including pain or discomfort in one or both arms (especially the left arm), the back, between the shoulder blades, neck, jaw or stomach
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Extreme fatigue