If you think you are having a heart attack,
immediately swallow one adult-strength ASPIRIN tablet (325mg),
call an ambulance and unlock your door.

Are you a heart patient?
Is the pain severe?
Does the pain radiate into the arm, neck, jaw, or back?
Are you sick at your stomach?
Is your skin sweaty?
Is your breathing rapid or difficult?
Is your heart irregular?
Are you coughing up anything from your chest?

ACTIVITIES:  Avoid activities which worsen the chest pain. Decrease physical activities until feeling better. If the pain becomes severe, call an ambulance.

MEDICATIONS:  You may take Tylenol or Motrin for minor pain. If you need something for cough and don't have uncontrolled high blood pressure, you may take any over-the-counter cough syrup, such as Robitussin. If you have Nitroglycerin and this pain seems like angina, you should sit or lie down and place a tablet under your tongue. You may repeat the Nitroglycerin in 5 AND 10 minutes if needed, but you must report to your doctor if this does not relieve the chest pain after the 3rd tablet.

DIET:  Don't over eat.


1. There is no improvement in an hour.
2. The pain worsens.
3. You develop other symptoms.

If there is Heartburn or Indigestion, then see elsewhere.

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This page was last updated on 6 January 2003.