Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Chest pain is often considered the hallmark symptom of a heart attack, but not everyone having a heart attack experiences the same pain. In particular, women, the elderly, or people with diabetes may experience no pain, or atypical symptoms. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below in combination with chest discomfort, call for emergency medical services right away .
|Heart Attack Symptoms|
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- Chest pain —tightness, squeezing, and/or pressure in the center of your chest that may last a long time, or go away and come back
- Discomfort or pain in arms, back, jaw, neck, or stomach
- Shortness of breath , with or without chest pain
- Cold sweat
- Nausea or vomiting
- A fear of impending doom or death
- Extreme fatigue , which may occur days or weeks in advance
- Pressure or pain in the lower chest, upper abdomen, or upper back
- Lightheadedness , which may lead to fainting
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