From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey Heart Disease Supplement:
Which of the following would you say are the symptoms that someone may be having a heart attack?
Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back.
Feeling weak, lightheaded or faint.
Chest pain or discomfort.
Pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulder.
Shortness of breath.
If you thought someone was having a heart attack, what is the BEST thing to do right away?
Persons are considered to be aware of the early warning symptoms and signs of a heart attack and the importance of calling 9-1-1 if they respond
“yes” to all the symptom questions listed in the NUMERATOR section and indicate that the best thing to do is call 9-1-1 (or another
Persons are considered to be unaware of the early warning symptoms and signs of a heart attack and the importance of
calling 9-1-1 if they respond “no” or “don’t know” to any of the symptom questions listed in the NUMERATOR section or indicate that the best
thing to do is "advise them to drive to the hospital," "advise them to call their physician," "call spouse or family member," "other," or "don’t know."
This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:
The original baseline was revised from 39.2 to 37.2 percent due to changes in how the response “don’t know” is handled. Previously responses of “don’t know” were excluded, but they are now included as lack of awareness. The target was proportionally adjusted from 43.1 percent to 40.9 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.