Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)

Recognizing early symptoms of a heart attack can help save lives. Heart attack symptoms may occur hours or even weeks before the actual heart attack.

EHAC is important in saving your heart. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, take an aspirin and call 911.


Early symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest pain, pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Nausea
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Back pain
  • Feeling of impending doom
  • Dizziness
  • Upper abdominal pressure or discomfort
  • Light headaches, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath without chest discomfort

Early heart attack care (EHAC) is a campaign intended to educate everyone about the early symptoms of a heart attack in order to prevent the heart attack from ever occurring. Preventing the heart attack prevents heart damage. EHAC is also a plea to the public to be responsible, not only for themselves, but for those around them who may experience early heart attack symptoms. This is a public education program that concentrates on the benefits of receiving early treatment and activating emergency medical services.