Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack
Chest discomfort or pain
This can feel like a pressure, squeezing sensation, or fullness lasting more than a few minutes. It may come and go.
Other upper body discomfort or pain
Pain or discomfort may occur in your shoulders, arms, back, neck, jaw or teeth. You may have these symptoms with or without chest discomfort.
Discomfort or pain may spread downward into your abdominal area. You may mistake the sensation for heartburn.
Shortness of breath
You may feel unable to catch your breath, or take a deep breath. This can occur before you experience chest discomfort, or may occur without any chest discomfort.
You may feel lightheaded, or feel like you might pass out.
Cold, clammy skin or breaking into a cold sweat is another common symptom.
Nausea and vomiting
You may feel sick to your stomach.
Some people feel a sense of panic or impending doom, like something is very wrong for no apparent reason.
Heart attack symptoms can be very mild to begin with, and may come and go. You may have some symptoms, without having others. Time to treatment is very important. Do not brush off your symptoms. Call 911 for assistance. Do not drive yourself to the hospital.