Chest Pain Awareness

Having Chest Pain & Symptoms? Call 911 – Emergency Services will come to your home!

Act Quickly to Survive a Heart Attack

Heart attacks have beginnings. These beginnings occur in more than 50% of patients. Most importantly, if recognized in time, these “beginnings” can be treated before the heart is damaged!

                                          Alarming Statistics

  •     Heart disease causes approximately 1 of 4 deaths in the United States.
  •     About 50% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside of a hospital. This suggests that many people don’t act on early warning signs.
  •     Survey results show that only 27% of respondents were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 911.
  •     By sharing Early Heart Attack Education (EHAC), we can change these sobering statistics!

Early signs

Early signs and symptoms can begin hours or days before a heart attack. You may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms. You may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.

  •     Nausea
  •     Pain that travels down one or both arms
  •     Jaw pain
  •     Fatigue
  •     Anxiety
  •     Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  •     Back pain
  •     Shortness of breath
  •     Feeling of fullness
  •     Indigestion
  •     Sleep issues like bouts of insomnia or trouble either getting to sleep or staying asleep

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you owe it to yourself to get these symptoms checked out immediately at Fauquier Health Emergency Department or your closest Emergency Department.


Heart attacks do have beginnings and by acting on the early signs and symptoms, you can save lives and prevent further damage to the heart. Take the free early heart attack course here.

We are an accredited Chest Pain Center, certified by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Emergency Physician Dr Jenks Explains
How to Survive a Heart Attack

What should you do?
  • Don't wait. Immediate action could save your life and reduce lasting damage to your heart.
  • Survive, Don't Drive - Call 911
  • Go to the nearest hospital

For Women

Women's symptoms may be different or less noticeable.
In addition to the common symptoms, women may also experience abdominal pain or heartburn
in addition to clammy skin, dizziness or unexplained fatigue.

Are you recovering from a heart attack or do you want to prevent one by making healthy choices? The Fauquier Health Wellness Center can help you in either case. Their Cardiac Rehabilitation Program can guide you through a safe recovery, and their certified exercise physiologists and nutritionists can help you stay heart healthy.

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