U.S. hospitals see more than five million people with chest pain each year. Unfortunately, a significant number don’t receive timely access to appropriate treatments, resulting in severe heart damage or even death. Remember, minutes matter! Calling 911 is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • Chest Discomfort: Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain for more than a few minutes, or goes away and returns.
  • Discomfort: In one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of Breath: With or without chest discomfort.
  • Other Signs: Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

For men and women, the most common symptom is chest pain or pressure. But women are somewhat more likely than men to have other symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain.

Even when experiencing mild symptoms, it’s important to act quickly by calling 911 immediately. For 50% of people experiencing mild symptoms, the heart attack can be prevented with early treatment before any damage to the heart occurs. Mild chest symptoms can also include pressure, burning, aching or tightness that may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, as well as your risk for heart disease, at www.TrustedHeartCare.com.

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At Adventist HealthCare, we’re committed to leading the way in delivering innovative and high-quality care to heart attack patients. Our Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center was the first in Maryland to be named an accredited Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention, or angioplasty) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). And our Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is only one of five hospitals in Maryland and the first in Montgomery County and the Washington, DC metro area to achieve Cycle III status.

Learn more about these achievements here.