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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.


  • Last Edited 08/31/2015