How Do I Know If I am Having a Heart Attack While Driving?

February 26th, 2019 by

Heart Attack Signs While Driving

Hearts have a huge significance during the month of February, and not just because it was Valentine’s Day recently. February is American Heart Month, which is meant to spread awareness of heart health and ways to prevent heart disease (which is one of the top killers for Americans). Heart attacks can happen anytime, anywhere. They can even happen while you are driving, which can be especially dangerous due to the high risk of collisions with other vehicles. So what do you do if you think that you are having a heart attack while driving? Read on to find out.

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Know the Signs

No matter where you are, it is always important to know the possible signs of a heart attack, which may include:

  • Symptoms similar to REALLY bad heartburn, like burning or tingling in your chest
  • Heavy pain or feeling like you have a brick in your chest
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Symptoms similar to an anxiety attack (shaking, a feeling that something bad is about to happen, hyperventilation, abnormal heartbeats)
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain in the upper body (left shoulder is most common)
  • Abnormal tiredness/fatigue

What Do I Do If I am Having a Heart Attack While Driving?

The best thing that you can do is pull over as soon as you are able to. Call 911 and give your location. Try to stay calm until the ambulance arrives.

For more information about heart health, please visit the American Heart Association’s website.

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