Not all heart attacks are sudden. Not all begin with chest pain. The Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) initiative, created by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, encourages early recognition when the heart attack symptoms are mild and in the early stages. The initiative includes three parts:
- Education – everyone should be aware of the early symptoms of a heart attack to help prevent it from happening and creating permanent damage.
- Responsibility – it is important to recognize early symptoms not only in yourself, but also for the people around you who may be experiencing symptoms and helping them get treatment.
- Early treatment – knowing the early symptoms and recognizing them means a greater chance for treatment by emergency medical services.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women.
- Heart disease caused approximately 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. in 2009.
- Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack.
- 525,000 are first heart attack
- 190,000 occur to those who have already suffered a heart attack
- In the U.S., a person has a heart attack every 34 seconds.
- 85 percent of damage occurs within the first two hours following a heart attack.
Make the commitment to:
- Learn the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack
- Share your knowledge of the signs and symptoms with those around you
- Seek help from Emergency Medical Services if you recognize the signs and symptoms