Common Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
- Pain, felt in the arms, neck, tooth, jaw, or back, tightness, burning, squeezing, or heaviness in the chest that lasts more than a few minutes OR goes away and then returns. Sometimes called the “elephant sitting on my chest” feeling.
- Chest discomfort with fainting, lightheadedness, nausea, shortness of breath, or sweating
Other Warning Signs
- Unusual pain in the chest, abdomen, or stomach
- Fast or uneven heartbeat or pulse
- Sweating for no reason; pale, gray, or clammy skin
- Any new or worsening chest pain (for example, lasts longer or occurs more frequently)
Signs More Common in Women than Men
- An uneasy feeling in the chest along with
- Unexplained or extreme anxiety
- Unusual fatigue or weakness
- Fluttering heartbeats
- Severe indigestion (an antacid doesn’t help)
When a warning sign occurs, quickly dial 911 to get emergency help – don’t wait to see if the pain goes away.