Learn more about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. If you learn the signs of a heart attack and what steps to take, you can save a life – maybe your own.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Below are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Please review them. Should you experience any of these, call 911, or have someone drive you immediately to the hospital. DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF.
Any one or more of the following could indicate a heart attack.
Chest Discomfort or Pain
- Sudden discomfort or pain in the chest area that lasts longer than 15 minutes.
- The chest area may include the neck or throat, jaw, shoulder, one or both arms or back, especially between the shoulder blades.
- The discomfort or pain may feel like burning, squeezing, heaviness, tightness, or pressure
- Heart attack discomfort or pain may or may not be severe but it typically covers an area that is impossible to cover with one single hand.
- Discomfort or pain that feels like indigestion but encompasses a large area (larger than one hand flattened)
- In women, the discomfort/pain may be more vague
Sudden Shortness of Breath, or Sudden Difficulty Breathing
Nausea and Vomiting
- Nausea and vomiting may occur in some individuals, usually around the time of discomfort/pain episode.
- Sweating often occurs at the time of the chest discomfort/pain. Cool, clammy skin is often a feature of profuse sweating. Profuse sweating that accompanies chest pain is a clear indication to seek medical attention immediately.
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