Every second counts. Recognize the signs and symptoms of heart attack and seek treatment quickly.
Heart attack symptoms vary in type and severity. Symptoms can be mild and come on slowly over the course of several hours or they may be more intense and sudden.
While sudden chest pain may be the most common heart attack symptom, not all people experience chest pain during a heart attack, One-third of people with heart attacks had no chest pain.
People with diabetes and older adults are more likely to experience other heart attack symptoms and symptoms of heart attacks are different in men and women.
Most Common Symptoms
The most common warning signs of a heart attack include:
- Chest pain: Most heart attacks involve pain or discomfort in the center or left-center of the chest. Pain may be mild or severe.The pain may feel like tightness, fullness, heavy pressure, crushing, or squeezing. It can also feel like heartburn or indigestion. Chest pain usually lasts more than a few minutes. Sometimes it goes away and comes back.
- Upper body discomfort: You may feel pain or discomfort in your arms, jaw, neck, back (especially between the shoulders), or upper part of the stomach (above the belly button).
- Shortness of breath: You may experience trouble breathing or feelings of breathlessness when you are at rest or doing very slight activity that wouldn’t normally cause breathlessness.
Other Common Symptoms
Other common warning signs that may signal a heart attack include:
- Light-headedness or sudden dizziness Cold sweat or clammy skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart flutters or palpitations (especially in women)
- Cough (especially in women)
- Heartburn (especially in women)
- Extreme fatigue or exhaustion (This symptom may last for days or even weeks leading up to a heart attack and is more common in women than men.)