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Save a Heart

Pickens High School Principal Marion Lawson survived what would have been a fatal heart attack if a bystander had not learned CPR. As a result, the principal is making sure that all of his high school students learn the life-saving technique.

Read the Winter 2016 edition of Inside AnMed Health to learn more about Principal Lawson's story.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

If you have any of these symptoms or think you're having a heart attack, call 911 right away:
  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back
  • Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath

Often, women do not experience the same heart attack warning signs as men. Common early warning signs in women are:

  • Lower chest pain or abdominal pain
  • Pressure
  • Light headedness, feeling faint or sweating
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
Calling 911 is the best way to get to the hospital. EMS staff can begin life-saving treatment immediately and notify the hospital of your arrival. Remember, in a heart attack time saved is heart muscle saved.

"Hands-Only" CPR

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States and nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually. Survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Sadly, 89 percent of people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside the hospital die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone at the scene. The American Heart Association's new "Hands-Only CPR" technique centers around two easy steps: (1) call 911 and (2) push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive."

Widespread CPR training and increased awareness about early heart attack care and the importance of calling 911 are critical to saving lives. For more information on "Hands-Only CPR" or Early Heart Attack Care, visit