Signs of a Heart Attack
The first hour of a heart attack is known as the golden hour. If you get help within this hour, you are more likely to recover. The time it takes our team to deliver life-saving treatment at Skagit Regional Health Heart and Vascular Institute is among the best in the nation.
If you are experiencing chest pains or think you're having a heart attack, do not hesitate to call 911.
Physicians recommend getting emergency help immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms for two minutes or more:
- Pressure or fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest.
- Pain spreading to shoulders, neck and arms
- Severe pain
- Sudden weakness
- Nausea or shortness of breath
For those with angina: any change in frequency, duration or intensity of the attacks or symptoms that don't respond to nitroglycerine.
Not all of these warning signals occur in every heart attack. A delay in getting medical help can be deadly. At Skagit Regional Health, we will provide you with great care right here at our facilities in your community.