Feb. 13, 2013 at 1:00 AM ET
The classic signs of a heart attack are intense, sometimes squeezing chest pain or discomfort that often radiates down the left arm. The chest pain can be mild or severe, and both men and women often experience different symptoms, such as:
Women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and feelings of discomfort or pain in the back, neck or jaw. Women may also experience an entirely different set of symptoms while having a heart attack:
Heart attack symptoms can come on quickly or happen over a few days. If you aren’t feeling well, don’t ignore it. Call your doctor and report your symptoms. Even if you’ve previously had a heart attack, the warning signs may change the second time around, so it’s best to seek help if you’re feeling off — it could save your life.
If you think you or someone else may be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Reviewed By: Kerry Prewitt, M.D., FACC