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Early Heart Attack Care

For half the people having symptoms of a heart attack, early treatment can prevent permanent damage to the heart. That's why it's important to recognize early warning signs and act by calling 9-1-1 immediately. When EMS arrives treatment begins right away.

Early warning signs include:

  • Chest discomfort, like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, in the center of the chest
  • Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back
  • Cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, or the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

To help save you or a loved one's life:

    1. Learn the early signs of a heart attack
    2. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or others experience these signs or symptoms
    3. Learn hands-only CPR
    4. Make lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk for heart disease

Emergency Services

If you a friend or a loved one is experiencing early heart attack symptoms, do not drive to the hospital. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Emergency responders can provide lifesaving treatment to restore blood flow to the heart. Additionally, the emergency medical services (EMS) team can run tests that help your doctor to reach a diagnosis quickly.

Spartanburg Regional EMS personnel work with our emergency department and cardiac care teams to share critical information with the hospital before your arrival. This allows the team to prepare for your arrival and speed up treatment once you are at the hospital - often bypassing the emergency room and going straight to the cardiac catheterization lab.

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