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Warning Signs of Heart Attack

Heart attack and stroke are critical health care emergencies, when every moment can mean the difference between life and death. Lowell General Hospital's emergency department is prepared to provide the immediate care needed in the event of a life-threatening health crisis such as this.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack could save your life.

Primary Angioplasty - The Most Effective Treatment for Heart Attack

In the event of a heart attack, immediate medical attention can make all the difference. With the addition of primary angioplasty to Lowell General's emergency services, the most effective treatment for heart attack is just minutes away.

Know the Warning Signs of Heart Attack

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

  • Chest discomfort. 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. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
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