Heart Attack Symptoms

Patient speaking with doctor about heart examination
Some heart attacks are experienced as sudden, intense pain in the chest. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. It's important to know what to do, and also to know that women often experience different symptoms than men. Stomach or abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn or indigestion, as well as unexplained anxiety, are just a few of the possible manifestations..

Call 9-1-1 if you or someone with you is having a heart attack and go to North Shore Medical Center or to the nearest cardiac hospital.

Possible Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, discomfort or pain in the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • 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
  • tiredness
  • trouble breathing while lying down
  • weight gain