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:
- 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)
- Nausea, vomiting or dizziness
- Extreme weakness
- 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.