Early Heart Attack Care
To empower and educate our community about heart attacks, we support a national program called Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC). As a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, we have partnered with the American College of Cardiology to support this program.
To help save you or a loved one's life:
- Learn the early signs of a heart attack
- Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or others experience these signs or symptoms
- Learn hands-only CPR
- Make lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk for heart disease
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 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.
Early Warning Signs of Heart Attack
For half the people having symptoms of a heart attack, early treatment can prevent damage to the heart. That’s why it’s important to recognize early warning signs and act by calling 9-1-1 immediately. 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
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, or the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
Women and Heart Disease
Women may have different heart attack symptoms than men. In fact, some women do not have any of the “classic” heart attack warning signs, like chest or arm pain.
Heart attack symptoms in women can include:
- Back pain
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Jaw pain
- Extreme and/or unusual fatigue
- Shortness of breath
Trust your gut: If something does not feel right, call 9-1-1 immediately.
As many as 90 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital may not survive, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Those are some shocking statistics. Thankfully, giving or receiving hands-only CPR before emergency medical services (EMS) arrives can double or triple a person’s chance of survival during cardiac arrest.
If you see a teenager or adult collapse and suspect they may be experiencing cardiac arrest:
- Call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Push hard and fast on the middle of their chest approximately 100 to 120 times per minute until EMS arrives.
- Perform compressions to the beat of a fast-paced song. The AHA suggests “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, or “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z.
For infants, children, and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems, the AHA recommends using CPR with chest compressions and breaths.
Watch this 45-second video to learn how to perform lifesaving hands-only CPR.
Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Modifications
Reduce your heart disease risk with the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7”:
- Decrease your blood sugar levels
- Eat a heart-healthy diet
- Get regular exercise and stay active throughout the day
- Keep high cholesterol under control
- Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight if you are overweight
- Manage high blood pressure
- Quit smoking
- Develop a plan to reduce stress
If you are a smoker, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your heart and health. Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation help or call the South Carolina Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Talk to Your Doctor
Talk to your doctor about these lifestyle modifications at your next annual physical.
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