Signs of a Heart Attack

The first hour of a heart attack is known as the golden hour. If you get help within this hour, you are more likely to recover. The time it takes us to deliver life-saving treatment at Skagit Valley Hospital is among the best in the nation.

If you are experiencing chest pains or think you're having a heart attack, do not hesitate to call 911.

Physicians recommend getting emergency help immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms for two minutes or more:

Pressure or fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest.

Pain spreading to shoulders, neck and arms

Severe pain

Sudden weakness




Nausea or shortness of breath

For those with angina - any change in frequency, duration or intensity of the attacks or symptoms that don't respond to nitroglycerine.

Not all of these warning signals occur in every heart attack. A delay in getting medical help can be deadly. At Skagit Valley Hospital, we will provide you with great care, right here.