Signs of a Heart Attack

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​Signs of a Heart Attack

The signs of a heart attack aren’t always obvious and women and men often have different symptoms. Listen to one woman’s story and read more information below.

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Christy Neuhaus knows it’s easy to ignore the signs of a heart attack. When she dismissed chest and jaw pain for hours, it nearly cost Christy her life. Listen to her story.

Women

  • The signs of a heart attack are often different for women than for men. 
    • Sudden onset of severe fatigue, like the flu, often with vague chest discomfort
    • Discomfort, fullness, tightness, squeezing or pressure in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or comes and goes

    • Pressure or pain that spreads to the upper back, shoulders, neck, jaw or arms

    • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

    • Dizziness or nausea

    • Clammy sweats, heart flutters or paleness

    • Unexplained feelings of anxiety, fatigue or weakness, especially with exertion

    • Severe stomach or abdominal pain 

  • Men
    • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes

    • Pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms

    • Pain, dizziness, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath

    • Any chest discomfort that causes anxiety or concern

    • Any of the above symptoms that disappear with rest, then return with exertion

    • Pain that lasts for 10 to 15 minutes while you are resting should be evaluated immediately

    Call 911

    If you think that you or a loved one is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Tell the emergency team you’re having a heart attack. Do not drive to the hospital.

     

     
     

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