Heart Attack Symptoms

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Did you know that heart attacks don't always cause chest pain? Women sometimes experience "silent" heart attacks, and can show atypical symptoms like indigestion, nausea, extreme fatigue and neck, shoulder and jaw pain. Learn to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and immediately call 911 for help if you experience them.

The signs of a heart attack include:

  • Pressure, fullness or pain in the center of the chest
  • Pain that spreads to the neck, shoulders or arms
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
  • Unusual stomach or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Women may experience distinct symptoms when having a heart attack. They include:

  • Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
  • Indigestion or gas-like pain
  • Unexplained weakness or fatigue
  • Sense of impending doom