Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms

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Early recognition and treatment of a heart attack can make a life-and-death difference, so it’s important to know the signs and symptoms.

Common signs include:

  • Chest discomfort such as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest.
  • Discomfort in one or both arms
  • Shortness of breath with or before chest discomfort 
  • Abnormal sweating

Other common signs for women include:

  • Back, abdominal, neck or jaw pain
  • Nausea, vomiting or indigestion
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

If you think you or a loved one is having a heart attack, stay alive and don’t drive — CALL 9-1-1!

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