Heart Attack Warning Signs
Some heart attacks are sudden and extremely intense, like how you envision a heart attack. However, most are surprised to learn that the majority of heart attacks begin slowly with only mild discomfort - often leading people to wait too long before getting help. Here are signs you should be looking for according to the American Heart Association:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness