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Are you experiencing heart attack symptoms? When to go to the ER

Posted at 2:44 PM, Feb 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 14:36:29-05

A medical emergency, such as a heart attack, can strike unexpectedly; however, the quick thinking and actions of you or others can initiate the emergency response process and potentially save a life. Heart attack symptoms can sometimes be difficult to decipher, so it is important to understand the signs.

Although heart attack symptoms can present themselves in a variety of ways, there are several common signs to look out for.

Signs and symptoms of heart attack

  • Sudden pressure or tightening in the center of the chest
  • Pain or discomfort that can spread to the back, shoulder, neck, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating, lightheadedness, or dizziness

Signs and Symptoms in women

  • Upper back and shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Pressure or pain in the center of chest
  • Lightheadedness
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion

When to seek medical attention?

Any sort of pain in the chest is cause for concern. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, pressure, or tightening in your chest, especially if it is accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness, and sweating, seek emergency medical attention right away.