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Emergency signs

Signs of a heart attack

Signs may vary from person to person. They may not always be sudden or severe. Recognize the signs and act right away.

 

  • Chest discomfort

    Chest discomfort

    Pressure, squeezing, fullness  or pain, burning or heaviness.

  • Sweating

    Sweating

  • Upper body discomfort

    Upper body discomfort

    Neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back.

  • Nausea

    Nausea

  • Shortness of breath

    Shortness of breath

  • Light-headedness

    Light-headedness

Signs of cardiac arrest

If the heart stops for any reason, blood is no longer getting to the brain, heart and vital organs. Death can occur within minutes.

 

  1. Sudden collapse

  2. Unresponsive to touch and sound

  3. Abnormal or no breathing. Gasping is also a sign.

Do you live in a remote community?

It is especially urgent to learn CPR.


Signs of SADs

SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) covers a variety of cardiac disorders which are often genetic and can cause sudden death in young, apparently healthy people.

 

  1. Fainting or seizure during physical activity.

  2. Fainting or seizure from distress or being startled.

  3. Family history of death that is sudden, unexplained.

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