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Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Symptoms of a Heart Attack:

  • 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.

Women are less likely to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and thus do not seek treatment right away. Women tend to have heart attacks about 10 years later than men do. By learning and recognizing the symptoms, women can become more assertive in their treatment.

The most common symptoms of heart attack in women are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness
  • Pain or pressure in the back or high chest
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms
  • Discomfort may be described as pressure, ache, or tightness; may come and go
  • A burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea

If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.