Heart Attack Symptoms



According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the most common heart attack symptoms include:

URGENT: Get to the hospital immediately, if you experience any signs of a heart attack!
Call 911 or your local emergency number.

  • Chest discomfort

  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body

  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

  • Other signs include breathing out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

TIP: According to the AHA, taking one 325-milligram aspirin at the onset of symptoms lowers the risk of dying by 23 percent!

Some cardiac arrests are sudden and intense, but most of them start slowly with mild pain or discomfort with one or more of the above mentioned symptoms.

Research

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics. American Heart Association, 2005 Update

Organizations

  • American Stroke Association

Related Links

Stroke Symptoms

Recognizing a Stroke

Peripheral Vascular Disease Symptoms

High Cholesterol Risks

High Cholesterol Risk Factors

High Cholesterol Symptoms


For more information on heart attack symptoms,
check out the American Heart Association.


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This page was last updated on 08/06/06.