Very few things are scarier than the thought of having a heart attack, let alone having a heart attack while all alone.\u00a0Once heart attack symptoms start, problems can progress rapidly and you need to react quickly and being prepared can be the difference between life and death.\nHere are some tips that can help increase your chances of survival in the event that you have a heart attack while alone.\nKnow the Symptoms of a Heart Attack\nKnowing the warning signs of a heart attack is crucial. Early treatment within the first few hours of a heart attack can reduce the damage done to the heart and even safe your life.\nChest pain is the main symptom of a heart attack. This sign is more common in men than in women. Women have a higher likelihood than men to have a heart attack without typical chest pain.\nOther heart attack symptoms include:\n\nShortness of breath\nNausea\nVomiting\nSweating\nDizziness\nA fast heartbeat\nExtreme weakness\n\nRELATED:\u00a0Stroke v. Heart Attack: Signs and Symptoms\nActions You Can Take During a Heart Attack\n\nCall 911 immediately \u2013 request an ambulance for the quickest and safest transportation to the hospital.\nIf you are driving, pull over \u2013 you can lose consciousness very quickly. Even if a hospital is nearby, do not drive yourself.\nTake an aspirin \u2013 Chewing slowly on an aspirin can help slow down the heart attack and buy more time for responders.\nRelax your body as much as possible \u2013 the more physical activity you perform, the faster the heart attack will progress.\nTry to cool your body temperature \u2013 If possible, put a cool cloth under your armpits or on your wrists to help speed up the process.\n\nWhile none of these suggestions are guaranteed to stop a heart attack, they can help buy some time to get to a hospital. Take signs and symptoms of heart attacks very seriously and get help as soon as possible.\nIf you think you may have heart disease, or be at risk for a heart attack, consult your primary care physician or visit UPMC\u2019s Heart and Vascular Institute.