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Heart Attack Warning Signs

Put Your Heart in the Right Place

Get help for your heart or peripheral vascular condition, and find out how you can manage your heart health. Talk with the cardiac specialists at Cottage Health. Call our heart and vascular care center at 1-844-51-HEART.

Heart attacks happen when oxygen-rich blood can’t reach the heart because of a blockage. Most start slowly. Recognize the warning signs and get help quickly. Minutes can save lives.

Minutes Can Save Lives—Call 911

If you or someone else experiences any of the warning signs of heart attack, call 911 right away. Wait for an ambulance. Do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital.

Symptoms—outlined by the American Heart Association—may include:

  • Discomfort in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes or continues to come and go
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking into a cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

Meet Our Heart & Vascular Doctors

The Heart and Vascular Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is a nationally recognized regional destination for cardiovascular expertise and medical management of complex heart and vascular conditions.

The Meet the Doctors seminars give you an opportunity to learn about conditions of the heart and the latest treatment options. The healthy conversations include a 45-minute presentation by a physician, followed by ample time for questions.

The session is free. Please register in advance by calling us at 1-844-51-HEART.

Symptom Checker

Feeling under the weather?

Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.

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