Heart Attack Symptoms
The first step to surviving a heart attack is to recognize the symptoms. Symptoms can vary due to gender, age and cultural background. These are some of the typical symptoms that people may experience:
Chest Discomfort or Pain: A sensation of discomfort or pain that may feel like a tight ache, pressure, fullness or squeezing in the center of your chest lasting more than a few minutes. This discomfort may come and go.
Upper Body Pain: Pain or discomfort may spread beyond your chest to other areas in your upper body like your shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw. You may experience upper body pain with no chest discomfort.
Stomach Pain: Pain may also extend down into your abdominal area and can feel like heartburn.
Shortness of Breath: You may find yourself panting for breath or trying to take in deep breaths. This often occurs before you develop chest pain.
Anxiety: You may feel a sense of dread or feel like you’re having a panic attack for no apparent reason.
Light Headedness: You may feel dizzy or that you might pass out.
Sweating: You may become suddenly sweaty with cold, clammy skin.
Nausea: You may feel that you are sick to your stomach or might vomit.
Heart attack symptoms vary widely. For instance, you may only experience minor chest pain while someone else has severe pain.
One thing applies to everyone, though: If you think you’re having a heart attack, contact emergency medical help immediately. Don’t waste time trying to diagnose a heart attack yourself.