Delay Can Be Deadly
Most people having a heart attack wait too long to seek medical help, and that can be a fatal mistake. People often take a wait-and-see approach, delaying because they:
Do not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack â€” shortness of breath, chest pain, or discomfort in the upper back, neck, jaw or arms â€” and think that what they are feeling is due to something else.
Are afraid or unwilling to admit that their symptoms could be serious.
Are embarrassed about “causing a scene,” or going to the hospital and finding out it is a false alarm.
Do not understand the importance of getting to the hospital right away.
As a result, most heart attack victims wait two or more hours after their symptoms begin before they seek medical help. This delay can result in death or permanent heart damage â€” damage that can greatly reduce their ability to do everyday activities.
If you think you’re having a heart attack, do not wait to call for medical help. Minutes do make a difference!