Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack can save your life, the life of a loved one, or even the life of a complete stranger. When it comes to a heart attack, time is everything. The sooner you get medical treatment, the better your chances of surviving a heart attack.
According to the American Heart Association, the classic warning signs are:
* An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, then disappears and returns.
* Pain that radiates to the shoulders, stomach, back, arms, neck, or jaw.
* Chest discomfort with dizziness, fainting, nausea, sweating, fluttering heartbeat, or shortness of breath
Women may also have these warning signs, which are less common:
* Unusual chest pain, stomach, or abdominal pain, which may feel like indigestion or the need to belch.
* Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath.
* Unexplained weakness, fatigue, or anxiety.
* Palpitations (an irregular heart beat), rapid heart beat, paleness, or breaking into a cold sweat.
* Pain in the jaw or back.
If you or anyone you know is having these symptoms, get to a hospital immediately. Not all the symptoms show up in every attack. Do not wait, because the heart muscle starts to die during an attack and every minute counts. It is always better to be safe than sorry.