Know the signs and symptoms of heart attack and get help right away if you experience them.
Signs of Heart Attack
- Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back; you may feel uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
Signs of Heart Attack in Women
As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience other common symptoms, especially shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Women are less likely than men to believe they're having a heart attack and more likely to delay seeking emergency treatment.
Learn more about women's heart health at Reston Hospital Center.