heart attack symptoms

Heart Attack Symptoms

​​Men and women can have any of these “classic” heart attack symptoms:

A heart attack (Myocardial Infarction or MI) occurs when the blood supply to the heart is restricted or cut off. During a heart attack, the heart muscle begins to die due to lack of blood flow to it. Symptoms of heart attack include:
  • Discomfort
  • Pressure
  • Heaviness
  • Pain in the chest, arm or below the breast bone
  • Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat or arm
  • Fullness, indigestion or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn)
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, vomiting or dizziness
  • Extreme weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Rapid or irregular heart beats

​​​Women may also experience these symptoms: 

  • Unusual chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain
  • Vomiting or dizziness
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
  • Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness
During a heart attack, symptoms last 30 minutes or longer and are not relieved by rest or oral medications. Initial symptoms can start as a mild discomfort that progress to significant pain. Some people have a heart attack without having any symptoms (a "silent" MI). A silent MI can occur among all people, though it occurs more often among diabetics.​

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