Heart Attack

Frequently Asked Questions

3. What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

The most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort that doesn’t go away or changes from its usual pattern. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that usually lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. Heart attack pain can sometimes feel like indigestion or heartburn.

Discomfort can also occur in other areas of the upper body, including pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach. Shortness of breath often happens along with, or before chest discomfort.

Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, having nausea and vomiting, or feeling light-headed or dizzy. Symptoms vary, and some people have no symptoms. Know the symptoms of a heart attack so you can act fast to get treatment.

See an infographic of what a heart attack feels like. It could save your life.

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