Heart Attack Warning Signs

The American Heart Association states that coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. It is important to know the warning signs and how to respond quickly if the warning signs occur..


Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Many times those suffering are not sure what is wrong and wait too long before getting the help they need.


Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you feel like you may be having a heart attack but are unsure, it is best to immediately be checked by medical professionals. Minutes matter. Calling 9-1-1 is the fastest way to get treatment in an emergency. EMS staff and paramedics are trained to treat patients in the midst of a heart attack. If you are unable to call 9-1-1, have someone drive you to the hospital as soon as possible.


Symptoms of a Heart Attack
  • Pain or pressure felt in the chest - It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Pain radiating down an arm or to the jaw
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitation


Common Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women
Common heart attack symptoms may differ for women. Understanding these differences may lead to the difference in life and death. Symptoms of a heart attack in women may include:


  • Shortness of breath
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Lower chest pain
  • Indigestion-like symptoms
  • Upper back pain