Signs and Symptoms

When you have heart disease, physical activity, emotional stress, and even eating can sometimes bring on symptoms. The most common signs of a heart attack are:

  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
  • Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back

Other less common warning signs of a heart attack may include:

  • Atypical chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain
  • Nausea or dizziness (without chest pain)
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing (without chest pain)
  • Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue

Not all of these signs occur in every attack. If you are experiencing any of the above, it is important for you to get help immediately. Don’t wait to call 9-1-1 or your emergency medical services, so you or someone experiencing a heart attack can get to a hospital right away.