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Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms

Not every heart attack starts with crushing chest pain. Women in particular often have mild symptoms that gradually worsen. They may never feel severe pain. If you’re at risk for heart disease, and experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately by calling 9-1-1.

Potential signs of heart attack

  • Pain or discomfort in chest
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders, neck back or jaw
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feel light-headed, weak or faint
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea or vomiting


The most common signs of women’s heart attack

  • Unusual fatigue – more than 70 percent of women reported the symptom
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety