Signs of a Heart Attack
In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 43 seconds. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. The following signs can mean that a heart attack is happening:
- Chest discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, especially arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
- Cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness
Even if you are not sure you're experiencing a heart attack, have it checked out. In most all cases, calling 9-1-1 is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Do not drive yourself to the emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a heart attack.
The Cardiac STEMI Network
The Cardiac STEMI Network enables many South Mississippi counties to receive the same fast, expert medical treatment available at Forrest General Hospital. Local doctors work closely with Forrest General's interventional cardiologists from the time the patient arrives at their local hospital to the time they arrive at Forrest General for more advanced treatment. Our cardiac network serves our 19-county area in South Mississippi.