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How well do you know the symptoms of a heart attack?

Many Canadians could be at risk of losing their lives because they do not receive medical treatment quickly enough. Warning signs can vary depending on the person and they may not always be sudden or severe. Learn to recognize the signs of a heart attack so you can act fast to save a life. Click "Read More" to see the answers.

Which of these are heart attack symptoms?

a) Pain or discomfort in: arm, back, shoulder, neck, jaw or upper part of the stomach

b) Chest pain or discomfort

c) Shortness of breath

d) All of the above

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ANSWER: D – All of the above
These are all signs of a heart attack, if you think you or someone you’re with may be experiencing these DO NOT hesitate to call 9-1-1. Stop all activity and sit or lie down while you rest and wait for emergency medical personnel to arrive.


Which one of these is also a heart attack symptom?

a) Sweating and nausea

b) Light-headedness

c) Both A and B

d) None of the above

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ANSWER: C – Both A and B
Sweating, nausea and light-headedness can also be signs of a heart attack. Chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom, but some people experience only mild chest pain or discomfort or do not experience chest pain at all.


What should you do if you or someone you’re with is experiencing these signs?

a) Call 9-1-1 immediately

b) Stop all activity and sit or lie down

c) Take Aspirin

d) All of the above

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ANSWER: A – Call 9-1-1 immediately
Call 9-1-1 or have someone call for you. Stop all activity and sit or lie down while you rest and wait for emergency medical personnel to arrive. If the 9-1-1 operator advises so you can take (Aspirin®), as long as you are not allergic or intolerant. Do not substitute Aspirin for medical care or other pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®).