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Heart Attacks—Your Role in Getting Care

Heart Attacks

When it comes to heart attacks, the most important member of the healthcare team might be you. By getting care as quickly as possible, you can save your own life or the life of someone around you. To empower and educate our communities about heart attacks, we support a national program called Early Heart Attack Care, or EHAC.

As a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has partnered with the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care to support of this program. Together, our goals for you:

  1. Know that early treatment for heart attack saves heart muscle—and lives.
  2. Learn the early signs of heart attack.
  3. Know what to do if you or others experience these signs or symptoms.

Learn the early warning signs of heart attack

For half the people having symptoms of a heart attack, early treatment can actually prevent the attack from happening, before any damage to the heart can occur.

Know the early warning signs:

  • Chest 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.
  • Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

For women: The most obvious symptom might be chest pain or discomfort. Women are also somewhat more likely to have symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Learn more.

If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. That call will get the Code STEMI team at Spartanburg Regional Chest Pain Center on standby.

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  • Sep
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Hangar B raises money to support heart health in the community and SRHS heart services.