When you have chest pain, act fast.
For you and the people who love you.
With heart attack symptoms, what you do in the next few minutes will make all the difference for you and your family. Even if you’re not sure it’s your heart, don’t wait. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Each year, approximately 1.2 million Americans suffer a heart attack, and nearly one-third of these individuals die, many before they reach the hospital. People often dismiss heart attack warning signs and wait too long before getting help. We want you to recognize the early symptoms of a heart attack.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest.The discomfort lasts for more than a few minutes, or it may go away and come back.The discomfort may feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.This may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath may occur with or before chest discomfort.
- Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
Heart Attack Signs for Women
Heart attacks are often viewed as a man’s problem when, in fact, more women in the United States die of heart disease each year than men. Women often experience signs and symptoms that are different from those that men experience.This is because smaller arteries may be blocked in women, whereas men often have blockage in the main arteries.
Frequent signs of a heart attack for women include:
- Pressure, fullness or squeezing pain in the center of the chest, spreading to the neck, shoulder or jaw
- Light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
- Upper abdominal pressure or discomfort
- Lower chest discomfort
- Back pain
- Unusual fatigue
- Unusual shortness of breath