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Heart Attack Warning Signs

Many think that chest pain is the only warning sign of a heart attack, but nothing is further than the truth. Men and women have different symptoms, as men suffer through more pain or discomfort while women's signs are typically more subtle.

  • Chest Pain or Discomfort: People suffering a heart attack, experience an agonizing chest pain or discomfort that takes place for a short time and then subsides. Women experience pain not in the chest, but in the back, jaw, shoulder or stomach.
  • Difficulty while breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • When a person begins sweating profusely with no apparent temperature changes, it can be a sign of an imminent heart attack.
  • Feelings of Heartburn or Indigestion: Patients delay seeking treatment for heart attack because they believe they are experiencing indigestion or heartburn but it is important that you seek emergency treatment if you have pain that radiates up the esophagus.
  • Nausea: Intense and sudden waves of nausea sometime accompany a heart attack.
  • Dizziness: Double vision and dizziness are another warning signs for a heart attack that often occurs prior to chest pain.
  • If the heart rate feels unsteady or you feel as if your pulse is racing, then it can be a signal of a heart attack.
  • Difficulties in concentrating or feeling weak are also signs of a heart attack.

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