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What are symptoms that mean I might be having a heart attack?

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If you have these symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • Discomfort that feels like pressure, fullness, or a squeezing pain in the center or left side of your chest. It may last for more than a few minutes, or go away and come back.
  • Pain and discomfort that go beyond your chest to other parts of your upper body, such as one or both arms, back, neck, stomach, and jaw
  • Unexplained shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
  • Any of the symptoms above that come with a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness, anxiety, or indigestion

SOURCE:

eMedicineHealth: "Heart Attack."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 17, 2016

SOURCE:

eMedicineHealth: "Heart Attack."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 17, 2016

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