Heart Attack Symptoms

Some heart attacks are experienced as sudden, intense pain in the chest. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. In addition, heart disease tends to manifest differently in women than in men. Stomach or abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn or indigestion, as well as unexplained anxiety, are just a few of the symptoms that a woman suffering a heart attack may experience. If you think you may be having a heart attack, call 9.1.1 DON'T wait to call. DON'T try to drive. More than half of all heart attack deaths occur within the first hour after symptoms begin.
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Possible Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in chest
  • shortness of breath--may occur with or without chest discomfort
  • cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
  • pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • swelling in ankles or legs
  • a feeling of being bloated
  • trouble breathing while lying down
  • weight gain and/or a sense of being very tired
  • note: heart attack symptoms often differ for men and women