Signs of Heart Attack

Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can be life-saving. When a heart attack starts, there’s a short window of opportunity to stop heart damage, so don’t wait to get help. Learn heart-attack warning signs, which are different for men and women.

Symptoms For Men

Early signs of a heart attack may feel like the flu or indigestion.

Other signs include:

  • Pain, pressure, fullness, burning or a squeezing sensation in the center of the chest behind the breastbone
  • Radiating pain that starts in your chest and spreads to the arms, neck, jaw, shoulders or back
  • Any prolonged discomfort in your torso, arms, abdomen or jaw that is associated with shortness or breath, troubled breathing or nausea

Symptoms For Women

  • All of the symptoms listed above for men
  • Prolonged unusual chest pain, stomach or upper abdominal discomfort without shortness of breath
  • Severe nausea or “heartburn”
  • Unusual or unexpected shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or fatigue
  • Heart palpitations, cold sweats or pale appearance
  • Unexplained “feelings of doom”

If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.