Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, and there is no doubt about what is happening.
But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort, causing some
people to wait too long before getting help. If you experience the following signs,
you could be having a heart attack.
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more
than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable
pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw
Shortness of breath
May occur with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort.
But women are also more likely to experience other symptoms, particularly shortness
of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Call 911 or have someone drive you to the hospital immediately.
Don’t wait...minutes matter!