Heart Attack

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here are some signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

Chest Discomfort

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body

Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of Breath

May occur with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs

These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to have some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

What should I do if I suspect a heart attack?

Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, immediately call 9-1-1

Why don’t people act fast enough?

People often ignore these signs and symptoms, or think they indicate another medical condition.  If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.

For more information, visit The American Heart Association