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. It's important to know what some of the possible warning signs are, and to know that a woman may experience a heart attack differently than men.
Patient speaking with doctor about heart examination
If you believe you or someone around you is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 and go to North Shore Medical Center or to the nearest cardiac hospital. Even if symptoms are mild, call 9-1-1 to be sure a more serious cardiac event is not underway.
Women may experience different symptoms than men during a heart attack. Stomach or abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn or indigestion, as well as unexplained anxiety, are just a few of the possible manifestations.

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