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Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Am I having a heart attack?

Men and women often experience different symptoms… know the warning signs!


Men often, but not always, experience the classic warning signs of a heart attack:

Uncomfortable Chest Pressure

Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath

Chest Pain

Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck and arms

Chest Discomfort

Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that goes away and comes back

Trigger: Men most often report physical exertion prior to heart attacks


Women may experience the classic symptoms, but they are often milder. Women may also have other symptoms like:

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue


Nausea, vomiting or dizziness

Flu Symptoms

Mild flu-like symptoms

Jaw and back pain

Back or jaw pain

Trigger: Women most often report emotional stress prior to heart attacks

Every Second Counts!

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, immediately call 9.1.1. or get to an Emergency Department as quickly as possible. Our Summa doctors are ready to evaluate any patient complaining of chest pain within minutes of arrival, and to provide the right treatment. We are here for you 24 hours a day, every day.

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If your situation is an emergency, call 911.