Individuals will experience different symptoms when having a heart attack, so it’s important to know about all of them. Most of the time people’s symptoms are classic, including chest pain and shortness of breath. However, this is not always the case.
Common Symptoms Include:
- Chest discomfort or pain: Described as a tightness, an ache, or squeezing.
- Upper body pain: Pain can begin in the chest and move to the upper back, shoulders, arms, jaw or neck. This is a common symptom seen mostly in women.
- Stomach pain: Oftentimes this feels somewhat like heartburn.
- Shortness of breath: Becoming winded when doing simple tasks that never seemed to take much effort before. Shortness of breath can also occur at rest while sitting and doing no physical activity.
- Anxiety: This typically occurs after other symptoms begin, as a person doesn’t know what is occurring to their body and they become panicked.
- Lightheadedness: Feelings of being dizzy often occur as well as being disoriented to the point of passing out.
- Sweating: Cold sweats and clammy skin, symptoms that are felt prior to fainting.
- Nausea and vomiting: The stomach may feel unsettled.
Typically symptoms begin and are very light. They may even go unnoticed. Many times the symptoms are ignored as they come and go and don’t always stay persistent. Do not ignore these signs when you are experiencing the symptoms listed above. If symptoms last for more than 5 minutes, even if the symptoms are on and off, call 911.
For more information refer to: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-attack/in-depth/heart-attack-symptoms/art-20047744