If you are concerned that you may be experiencing a heart attack, call 9-1-1. Minutes matter! Learn the warning signs to familiarize yourself in case of an emergency.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
- Chest discomfort. 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 or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Symptoms of heart disease which may lead to a heart attack. You may be experiencing cardiovascular problems if you notice that ordinary physical activity causes you to experience the following symptoms:
- Undue fatigue
- Palpitations --- the sensation that your heart is skipping a beat or beating too rapidly
- Dyspnea --- difficult or labored breathingView an animation of angina
- Chest pain --- chest pain or discomfort from increased activity
- Angina pectoris also called stable angina or chronic stable angina
- Unstable angina
Learn more about Heart Health at the American Heart Association website.