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Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptom for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort; however, women are more likely than men to have other symptoms.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain or pressure or discomfort
  • Discomfort or tingling in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Heartburn-like feeling
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Fainting

Remember, sudden, crushing chest pain or pressure or tightness aren't the only signs of a heart attack. In one study, one in three people who had a heart attack had no chest pain; they were more likely to be older, a female or diabetic.

If you think you might be having a heart attack, don't delay. Call 911 right away. Delaying treatment can lead to permanent heart damage—even death. An ambulance is the best, safest way to get to the hospital.

Women are more likely to delay seeking help for a variety of reasons, including not wanting to bother others and being unsure about whether they are having a heart attack. It is always better to play it safe and call 911 right away and let the medical experts determine if you are having a heart attack.

  • Last Edited 08/31/2015