Warning Signs of Heart Attack

On October 9, the Emergency Department at Boulder Community Hospital (1100 Balsam Ave.) closed. All emergency and trauma services were relocated to Foothills Hospital (4747 Arapahoe Avenue) in Boulder.  This was part of a consolidation of services at Foothills Hospital. Click here for more information on this important change in local health care.

Time is absolutely critical if you are experiencing a heart attack.

If you experience any of the warning signs for heart attack, call 911 or have someone drive you to the emergency room immediately. Do not drive yourself to the hospital.

Remember: the first symptom of heart disease is often a heart attack. When it strikes, the heart muscle is deprived of vital blood flow and literally begins dying.

If not treated immediately, a heart attack can kill or cause permanent damage to the heart muscle. Do not hesitate to get treatment.

For directions to Foothills Hospital ER click here.

Men's Typical Heart Attack Symptoms:

  • Chest pain or pressure, fullness or squeezing
  • Pain spreading to the shoulder, neck, arms or jaw
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting
  • Sweating, nausea
  • Shortness of breath

Women's Typical Heart Attack Symptoms:

  • Fatigue or unexplained weakness
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion or gas-like pain
  • Discomfort between the shoulder blades
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Mild chest discomfort or pain
  • Pain in either the left or right arm
  • Jaw pain

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