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Early Warning Signs of Heart Attack

For half the people having symptoms of a heart attack, early treatment can prevent damage to the heart. That’s why it’s important to recognize early warning signs and act by calling 9-1-1 immediately. Treatment begins right away.

Early warning signs include:

  • Chest discomfort, like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, in the center of the chest
  • Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back
  • Cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, or the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

Women and Heart Disease

Women may have different heart attack symptoms than men. In fact, some women do not have any of the “classic” heart attack warning signs, like chest or arm pain.

Heart attack symptoms in women can include:

  • Back pain
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Jaw pain
  • Extreme and/or unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Trust your gut: If something does not feel right, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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