Winter 2009
Are You Having a Heart Attack?
Are You Having a Heart Attack?

7 Surprising Symptoms

We’ve all seen the classic Hollywood heart attack on the silver (and small) screen: sudden chest-clutching pain followed by a collapse on the floor. But in real life, most heart attacks are rarely classic.

Subtle discomfort felt in the middle of the chest (or on the right or left side) is more common than severe pain. Pain that feels like it travels down the left or right arm is also common. Some people feel pain in the jaw, back, shoulder or stomach.

Sometimes a person feels no chest pain and the primary symptom is one of the following:
1. Nausea
2. Shortness of breath
3. Sweating
4. Fatigue
5. Dizziness
6. Weakness
7. A feeling of doom or anxiety

These atypical (less common) symptoms are more common in women, but they can occur in both men and women.

If you or someone you are with experiences these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately and get to a hospital right away.