Heart Attack Symptoms
While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, others start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
- 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.
These symptoms, however, are typical for middle-aged men and not necessarily for women.
Women are more likely to have the following symptoms:
- Discomfort above the waist brought on by strain (including back, shoulders, arms or jaw)
- Nausea and vomiting, fatigue
- Shortness of breath (trouble catching your breath)
- Arm and/or chest pain
If you have chest pain or other heart attack symptoms, call 9-1-1 and seek medical attention immediately at the nearest emergency room.