The Signs of a Heart Attack (Heart Health)
When you experience a heart attack, you sometimes only have a few minutes to recognize the signs and get help. And the faster you get help, the more likely you are to recover from an attack. Here is a list of symptoms most commonly reported by heart attack patients:
Your chest hurts or feels squeezed. Most heart attacks involve some type of discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. The discomfort can range from mild to severe.
Discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
Shortness of breath. You may feel like you can’t breathe or catch your breath.
Breaking out in a cold sweat. People having a heart attack can also break out in a cold sweat.
Nausea. Some heart attack patients feel or get sick to their stomach.
Light-headedness. People having a heart attack may also feel light-headed.
Whether you’re male or female, you do not need to have all of the symptoms at once to be having a heart attack. The symptoms mentioned are the most common ones, and most people experience more than one of them. If you believe you are having a heart attack, get help immediately.