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Early Heart Attack Care

Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) at TMCA

If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. Do not attempt to drive yourself to the emergency room.

Would you recognize the early symptoms of a heart attack?

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

It’s important to know that people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms. People may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. The symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.

These “beginnings” occur in over 50% of patients. Most importantly, if recognized in time, these “beginnings” can be treated before the heart is damaged. The first two hours of a heart attack is when 85% of the heart damage occurs. EHAC is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately, BEFORE HEART DAMAGE OCCURS.

Alarming Statistics:

  • Heart disease causes approximately 1 of every 4 deaths in the U.S.
  • About 50% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital. This suggests that many people don't know, or don't act, on early warning signs.
  • Survey results show that only 27% of the respondents were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1.

If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. Do not attempt to drive yourself to the emergency room.

Three Important Facts About Heart Attacks

  1. Heart attacks have beginnings. Symptoms can begin about 2 weeks prior to a major event. This is the window of opportunity to prevent death and minimize heart damage.
  2. Heart Attacks kill 800,000 people per year in the US, but we could cut that number in half if people learn the signs and symptoms of Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC).
  3. If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, be a Good Samaritan and get them to medical care as soon as possible.

Download the EHAC Brochure (pdf)

EHAC information was provided by The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

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