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Common Warning Signs of a Heart Attack


  • PAIN – which may also be felt in the arms, neck, tooth, jaw, or back – or 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.