Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Both men and women can experience these "classic" heart attack warning signs:
- Crushing, squeezing or burning pain in the chest or pressure or fullness in the center of the chest (pain may radiate to the neck, one or both arms, the shoulders or the jaw; chest discomfort typically lasts more than a few minutes or may come and go)
- Shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, chills, sweating or weak pulse
- Cold and clammy skin, gray pallor or a severe appearance of illness
- Fainting (rare)
- Dull ache
- Right-side chest discomfort
- Throat discomfort
- Pressing on the chest
If You Are Experiencing Symptoms That Could Be a Signal of a Heart Attack
- Call 911. Getting to the emergency room as quickly as possible will help minimize the damage to your heart.
- Take an aspirin at the first sign of heart attack symptoms.
Symptoms can vary in men and women as well as from person to person, so it's vital to be aware of all symptoms and to get help ASAP if you experience any of them.
If you are concerned that you are at risk for heart problems and would like to measure and better your heart health, check out the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's "My Heart, My Life" program, which details risk factors for heart problems and stroke. Discover more about OLOL's initiative and get information on our walking paths.
If you are at risk for heart disease or have a family history of heart problems, it's important that you consult a doctor who specializes in heart care to determine your best plan of care for a healthy life. Find a cardiologist today.