FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2005
Hodges (850) 245-4111
**HURRICANE DENNIS INFORMATION SHEET**
Health Officials Remind Floridians of Warning Signs of Hearth Attack
TALLAHASSEE Ė As Floridians begin the task of recovery
from Hurricane Dennis, health officials ask individuals,
especially those performing heavy physical activity, to be
aware of the warning signs of heart attacks.
While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, many
heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. If
you, or someone you are with begins to have chest
discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs
of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away.
Warning signs of a Heart attack include the following:
Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in
the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes
or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like
uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms
can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the
back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. May occur before, with or without
- Other signs: Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or
What to Do?
If you or someone youíre with shows one or
more of these signs, donít ignore them. Call 9-1-1 to get
medical help right away. Donít wait longer than a few
minutes before calling for help.
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get
lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services staff can
begin treatment when they arrive Ė up to an hour sooner than
if someone gets to the hospital by car. The staff are also
trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Youíll
also get treated faster in the hospital if you come by
- Learn the heart attack warning signs.
with your health care provider about your heart attack risk
and what you can do to reduce it.
- Talk with family,
friends and coworkers about warning signs and calling 9-1-1.
For further information, please contact your local county
health department, or visit
Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557
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