Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms

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Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms
Other signs include nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, lightheadedness or fainting, or breaking out in a cold sweat.
Shortness of breath may occur with or before chest discomfort.
Heart Attack Signs
Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
Chest discomfort or pain—uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that can be mild or strong. This discomfort or pain lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. www.nhlbi.nih.gov
If you think you or someone you know may be having a heart attack
Call 9–1–1 within a few minutes—5 at the most—of the start of symptoms.
If your symptoms stop completely in less than 5 minutes, still call your doctor.
Only take an ambulance to the hospital. Going in a private car can delay treatment.
Take a nitroglycerin pill if your doctor has prescribed this type of medicine.
Put an aspirin under your tongue. Aspirin reduces blood clotting and can help keep a heart attack from getting worse. But don’t delay calling 9–1–1 to take an aspirin.