Most heart attacks start with mild pain or discomfort. You often are not feeling well but aren't sure why. The signs that a heart attack is happening are:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain - any discomfort or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back
- Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
The most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. Women are more likely to experience chest pain and shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
If you experience these symptoms call 911 immediately.