Know the Warning Signs

If you have heart disease, you should know the symptoms of a heart attack so that you can get immediate medical help. Not all heart attacks begin with sudden, crushing pains as so often shown in the movies and on television.

In fact, the most common warning signs are:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Pain or pressure spreading to the jaw, neck, shoulders or arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Indigestion or gas-like pain
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplained weakness or fatigue
  • Discomfort or pain between the shoulder blades
  • Sense of impending doom

Heart attack symptoms may be severe from the start, or they may be mild at first and then gradually worsen. Talk with your physician about other symptoms of a heart attack and what steps you should take.