No one wants to have a heart attack, and if you do have one, you hope that you get the right care, in the right amount of time. Lincoln residents can rest assured that their EMS and heart attack systems of care are up to the task of providing the necessary response. Recently, Lincoln NE made the list for "Top Ten Cities for Having a Heart Attack." This distinction results from having exceptional service and exceptional survival rates for people with symptoms of a heart attack who call 911.
One of the keys to a positive outcome from a heart attack is calling 9-1-1 at the first sign of a possible heart attack. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense -- the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often the people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening.
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of Breath
This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort. But it can occur before the chest discomfort.
These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.