Signs of Heart Attack
When to Seek Medical
Call your health care provider if you have these symptoms, which are warning
signs of a heart attack.
- Chest pain or pressure or feeling of indigestion on exertion
- Shoulder or arm pain, left or right or both, during physical or stressful
- Jaw pain
- Unexplained shortness of breath (while at rest or comes on suddenly)
- Unexplained nausea, vomiting, or sweating
- Fainting spell
- Palpitations (awareness of rapid or pounding heartbeat)
If these symptoms do not go away in 5 minutes, call 911 immediately for
emergency medical transport to a hospital. Do not try to drive yourself.
Each year, thousands of Americans die because they did not seek medical
attention in time.
- It is good to be cautious and go to the hospital.
- This may mean the difference between life and death.
- Don't worry about "wasting everyone's time." You aren't.
- If you are not having a heart attack, that's fine. You may be able to
receive treatment for whatever is causing your symptoms.