Did you know that heart attacks often warn you before they’re coming, or that 85 percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack?
The heart is a big muscle that constantly squeezes and relaxes, pumping blood, oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body to support life. A heart attack prevents the heart muscle from doing its job.
Receiving immediate medical care is crucial to limiting the amount of damage to that very important muscle. When it comes to heart attacks, time is muscle.
What can you do?
1. Learn the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack: shortness of breath, chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort, pain that travels down one or both arms, jaw or back pain, feeling of fullness, fatigue or anxiety.
2. Call 9-1-1: EMS is the first point of medical care! EMS will begin treatment and notify the hospital to prepare for your arrival. Don’t drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital.
3. Prevent heart attacks by making healthy choices with diet and exercise. Don’t smoke and get regular check-ups with a healthcare professional.
Heart Attacks have beginnings, and time is muscle -- possibly your muscle. Take a heart-risk assessment at LetHealingBegin.com. Or for more information, contact Jane Dozier at St. Mary’s Chest Pain Center, (573) 761-7000, email@example.com.