Symptoms and Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
The National Heart Attack Alert Program notes these major symptoms of a heart attack.
Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
Shortness of breath. This often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
Other symptoms. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat or feeling nausea or light–headedness.
Warning signs every woman should know
- Chest pressure or pain which may come and go
- Upper body pain (shoulders, arms, neck, back, jaw or teeth)
- Stomach pain which may feel like heartburn
- Light-headedness, dizziness or fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual or unexplained fatigue
If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, you should call 911 immediately.
Source: Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/HeartDisease/signs_symptoms.htm