Heart Attack Warning Signs

All Heart Attacks Have Beginnings

30% of people experience a heart attack as their first symptom. This does not have to happen to you.People often dismiss heart attack warning signs, such as chest pain, thinking they merely have heartburn or a pulled muscle. The unfortunate conclusion is that many people wait too long before getting help. We want you to recognize the early symptoms of a heart attack. 

Early Heart Attack Care Saves Lives!

These “beginnings” can occur hours or weeks before an attack and be treated before the heart is damaged. For 50% of the people experiencing these symptoms, the heart attack can be prevented with early treatment. Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately—before Heart Damage occurs.

What are the “Beginnings” of a Heart Attack?

Heart attack “beginnings” are different for everyone, people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms:


If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

What You Can Do to Help Save Lives

Commit to these three steps:

  1. Learn the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack
  2. Share EHAC with others
  3. Take the oath

Pledge to be part of a movement to save hearts and save lives...Because Every Heart Matters


I understand that heart attacks have beginnings that may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, shoulder and/or arm pain, and weakness. These may occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack. I solemnly swear that if it happens to me or anyone I know, I will call 9-1-1 immediately.


Trust Your Heart to Us

The Lakeland Heart Center is here to help you and your family with all of your heart care needs. We are committed to reducing the incidence of cardiac and vascular disease in our community and improving outcomes for those affected through preventionrisk awarenesseducationrapid treatment, and rehabilitation.

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