What if I have heart disease?
If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, you are at high risk for a heart attack. It can sometimes be hard to tell heart attack chest pain from routine chest pain (called angina). If your doctor has prescribed nitroglycerin for chest pain, call 9-1-1 if your symptoms do not go away within five minutes of taking the pill. If your symptoms are different, stronger, or last longer than usual, call 9-1-1 right away—it could be a heart attack.
Did you know?
The symptoms of a second heart attack can be different from the ones you had during your first heart attack.
Women who have already had a heart attack are also at high risk for another one. The symptoms of a second heart attack are not always the same as the first. Call 9-1-1 if you have any of the symptoms of heart attack, even if they are different from the ones you felt during an earlier heart attack.
By knowing all the symptoms of heart attack and recognizing that different people may have different heart attack symptoms, you have taken the most important step toward being prepared. The next section will teach you what to do if you notice these any of these symptoms, and why it is so important to act fast.