Knowing symptoms of a heart attack can help save lives.
So even if you're not sure that your symptoms are from a heart attack, do not
delay seeking care. Do not wait more than 5 minutes to call
911 if you think you or someone else is
having a heart attack.
Women are more likely than men to delay seeking help for a possible
heart attack. Women delay for many reasons, like not being sure it is a heart
attack, or not wanting to bother others. But it is better to be safe than
sorry. If you have symptoms of a possible heart attack that last for 5 minutes,
call 911 right away.
Angina (say "ANN-juh-nuh" or "ann-JY-nuh") is a type of chest pain or
discomfort that occurs when there is not enough blood flow to the heart.
Pay attention to your symptoms, know what
is typical for you, learn how to control it, and know when to call for help.
Symptoms of angina include chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest. Some people feel pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or in one or both shoulders or arms.
Stable angina occurs at predictable times and may continue without much change for years.
It is relieved by rest or nitrates (nitroglycerin) and usually lasts less than
5 minutes. Unstable angina is a change in the usual pattern of angina. It means blood flow has slowed suddenly. It is an emergency. It is a warning sign that a heart attack may soon occur.
Heart attack symptoms
- Chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or in one or both shoulders or arms
- Lightheadedness or sudden weakness
- A fast or irregular heartbeat
For men and women, the most common symptom is chest pain or pressure. But women are somewhat more likely than men to have other symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain.
After you call 911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
get to the hospital, do not be afraid to speak up for what you need. Be sure
your doctors know that you think you might be having a heart attack so that you
can get the tests and care you need.