Early Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

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If you ask about the symptoms of a heart attack, most people think of chest pain, however, scientists have learned that heart attack symptoms aren’t always so clear-cut.

Symptoms may show up in different ways and can depend on a number of factors, such as whether you’re a man or a woman, what type of heart disease you have, and how old you are.

The sooner you get help for a heart attack, the better your chances for a complete recovery.

Early symptoms of heart attack can include the following:

  • mild pain or discomfort in your chest that may come and go, which is also called “stuttering” chest pain
  • pain in your shoulders, neck, and jaw
  • sweating
  • nausea or vomiting
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • breathlessness
  • feeling of “impending doom”
  • severe anxiety or confusion

Symptoms of a heart attack in men

You’re more likely to experience a heart attack if you’re a man. If you have a family history of heart disease or a history of cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, obesity, or other risk factors, your chances of having a heart attack are even higher.

Symptoms of a heart attack in men include:
  • standard chest pain/pressure that feels like “an elephant” is sitting on your chest, with a squeezing sensation that may come and go or remain constant and intense
  • upper body pain or discomfort, including arms, left shoulder, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • stomach discomfort that feels like indigestion
  • shortness of breath, which may leave you feeling like you can’t get enough air, even when you’re resting
  • dizziness or feeling like you’re going to pass out
  • breaking out in a cold sweat

Symptoms of a heart attack in women

Symptoms of heart attack in women include:
  • unusual fatigue lasting for several days or sudden severe fatigue
  • sleep disturbances
  • anxiety
  • lightheadedness
  • shortness of breath
  • indigestion or gas-like pain
  • upper back, shoulder, or throat pain
  • jaw pain or pain that spreads up to your jaw
  • pressure or pain in the center of your chest, which may spread to your arm
    Schedule regular checkups

By scheduling regular checkups and learning to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack, you can help lower your risk of severe heart damage from a heart attack. This may increase your life expectancy and well-being.


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  • Kathryn
    Posted at 15:08h, 29 September

    Good article

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 12:51h, 29 September

    Very interesting article