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Most Common Signs of a Heart Attack

Heart Attack Warning Signs
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Most common warning signs of a heart attack

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, jaw or stomach.

Other signs. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

If you or someone you are with, especially with one or more of the other signs, don’t wait longer than five minutes before calling for help. Call [your emergency services.] Get to a hospital right away.

From the American Heart Association

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