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

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.
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.

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