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Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms:

Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Chest discomfort – pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back
  • Upper body discomfort – pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort
  • Other signs – cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

Heart Attacks in Women

Studies have found that while women often experience the “classic” symptoms listed above they frequently experienced different symptoms (sometimes up to a month before suffering a heart attack), including:

  • Unusual fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion
  • Pain in the jaw, neck or back

For more information on early heart attack signs and symptoms from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute click here.