Heart Attack Warning Signs

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Thousands of Canadians die from heart attacks every year because they don´t receive medical treatment quickly enough. Learn to recognize the signs of a heart attack so you can react quickly to save a life.

It is important to understand that warning signs can vary from person to person and they may not always be sudden or severe. Although chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women, some people will not experience chest pain at all, while others will experience only mild chest pain or discomfort. Others may experience one symptom, while some experience a combination. Signs of a heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort (uncomfortable chest pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness)
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Light-headedness

If you are experiencing any of these signs, you should:

  • CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately, or have someone call for you. Keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone at all times.
  • Stop all activity and sit or lie down in whatever position is most comfortable.
  • If you take nitroglycerin, take your normal dosage.
  • If you are experiencing chest pain, chew and swallow one adult 325 mg tablet or two 80 mg tablets of ASA(acetylsalicylic acid, commonly referred to as Aspirin®). Pain medicines such as acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (commonly known as Advil®) do not work the same way as ASA (Aspirin) and therefore will not help in the emergency situation described above.
  • Rest comfortably and wait for an ambulance with emergency medical personnel to arrive.

IN PERSON: Ethel & James Wrightman (continued from page 1)

The insurer alleged ´material misrepresentation.´ They claimed that James´ medical reports showed that his doctor had been monitoring his high cholesterol for 20 years and James had failed to disclose this when he had purchased his life insurance in 2000.


Ethel and her children were outraged. Ethel knew that James was not aware that his doctor had been monitoring his cholesterol and could not, therefore, have disclosed something he was unaware of. In fact, even at James´ age, he had always received a clean

bill of health from his doctor. Ethel asked James´ financial advisor for help, who told her to seek legal counsel immediately. He referred Ethel to Share Lawyers.

After a thorough review of James´ medical files and application for life insurance, Share Lawyers successfully negotiated a settlement in Ethel´s favour. The insurer relented and paid the Wrightmans the entire sum of James´ life insurance policy.

[All names have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.]