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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. 

Stomach pain

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.

Dizziness

You may feel lightheaded, or feel like you might pass out.

Sweating

Cold, clammy skin or breaking into a cold sweat is another common symptom.

Nausea and vomiting

You may feel sick to your stomach.

Anxiety

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.  
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