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Know the Signs of a Heart AttackHeart Attack badge

Knowing the signs of a heart attack can help you protect yourself and others by getting quick treatment. Keeping yourself healthy can lower your chance of a heart attack. Have a conversation about the signs of a heart attack to help you, your family, and friends enjoy a healthy life.

1. Come together

Bring together any group of people who might benefit from participating in a conversation about maintaining health and enjoying a healthy life. Review How to Host Enjoy a Healthy Life! for helpful ideas.

2. Have a conversation

Use this two-page document to get people talking. It covers what you need to know, why knowing matters, and how to take action.

After experiencing fatigue and indigestion for some time, one participant went to the hospital after collapsing while walking her dog. She had missed the signs of a heart attack.
– Shared during conversation at a YMCA

Heart Attack conversation topic

Helpful pictures

Use these pictures to help explain health problems listed in the conversation documents.

Figure with back painPain in the back

Figure out of breathCan't catch your breath

Figure with chest painChest pain

Figure feeling dizzyFeeling dizzy

Figure feeling sickFeeling sick

Figure with back painTired

Figure with stomach painPain in the stomach

Figure with pain radiating from jaw to neck to armPain radiating from jaw

Figure sweatingSweating

Figure having trouble breathingTrouble breathing

























3. Recognition

Who doesn't like to be recognized or to receive an award? Recognize participants by giving them a sticker/merit badge, wallet card or certificate. How to Host Enjoy a Healthy Life! has helpful ideas for how to use them.

I know the signs of a heart attack stickersSticker label sheet

I know the signs of a heart attack wallet cardsWallet card sheet

Healthy Life certificateCertificate







Social media recognition badges are available too. Award people by sending them a merit badge through email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or other social media.

4. Pass it on

Keep the conversation going by encouraging people in your group to talk to others about what they've discussed. Share the health e-messages so they can choose messages to share with family and friends.

Download all materials for this conversation topic.