The Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

October 9, 2011

What are the warning signs of a heart attack?

According to the American Heart Association, the classic warning signs are:

  • An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, then disappears and returns
  • Pain that radiates to the shoulders, stomach, back, arms, neck, or jaw
  • Chest discomfort with dizziness, fainting, nausea, sweating, fluttering heartbeat, or shortness of breath
  • Women may also have these warning signs, which are less common:
  • Unusual chest pain, stomach, or abdominal pain, which may feel like indigestion or the need to belch
  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath
  • Unexplained weakness, fatigue, or anxiety
  • Palpitations (an irregular heart beat), rapid heart beat, paleness, or breaking into a cold sweat
  • Pain in the jaw or back
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you or anyone you know is having these symptoms, call 911 or get to a hospital IMMEDIATELY.

Not all the symptoms show up in every attack. Don’t wait, because the heart muscle starts to die during an attack and every minute counts. Remember: it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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