Know the Signs of a Heart Attack

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Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can save your life — or someone else’s. When a heart attack starts, there’s a short window of opportunity to stop damage to the heart. Don’t wait to get help. Every second counts. And pay close attention to these heart-attack warning signs for men and women.

Heart Attack Symptoms in 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 in 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”

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