Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

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:

  1. 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
  2. Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. 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.


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