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How can I tell if an adult is having a cardiac emergency?

The following are signs and symptoms of an adult having a cardiac emergency: chest pain, jaw or arm pain, nausea, sweating, shortness of breath, collapse, or difficulty completing a full sentence. These symptoms are not specific. If in doubt, call 911.
If an adult is not breathing, and if the emergency is not the result of drowning or other respiratory cause such as a drug overdose, assume that the problem is a cardiac emergency.

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