Heart Attack Warning Signs
- Chest discomfort: Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: This may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath: May often occur with or before chest discomfort.
- Other signs: May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away. Don’t wait more than a few minutes—5 minutes at most—to call 9-1-1. If you are having symptoms and cannot call 9-1-1, have someone else drive you to the hospital right away. Never drive yourself unless you have absolutely no other choice.