1. Chest Pain
Chest pain is one of the leading indications of having a heart attack. Chest pain for heart attacks have been described as a sense of pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain that starts in the center of the chest. The pain or discomfort typically lasts more than a few minutes, or it may go away and then return. Often the pain will spread down the arms, to the back, or to the head and neck. However not all those experiencing a heart attack will encounter chest pain.
2. Jaw pain, toothache, headache
The pain of a heart attack is not limited to the chest. It often can start with either arm (though left is more common,) in your jaw, head, or the back. Some people report tooth pain or headache as a symptom of a heart attack. It is possible to have these types of pain without chest pain during a heart attack.
3. Shortness of breath
One of the most common symptoms of a heart attack is a shortness of breath, like when you are gasping for air. Shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, is medically known as dyspnea. Shortness of breath may occur before or during the chest pain of a heart attack, and in some cases, it may be associated with other heart attack symptoms without any chest pain.
4. Upper back pain
The upper back is another common location for spread of the pain from a heart attack. Most commonly, back pain that stems from a heart attack is described as occurring between the shoulder blades.
When your arteries become narrow they don’t allow the blood to circulate properly which means that the muscles are not getting what they need, and this could cause you to fall. If you are experiencing unexplained weakness you should see your doctor.
6. Unusual sweating
Sweating, or perspiration, can accompany a heart attack. Some people have described feeling like they are breaking out in a cold sweat.
7. Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, or Stomach Pain
Some people have these symptoms during a heart attack. They may even vomit. Women are more likely to report this type of symptom than men are.
Of course, you can have an upset stomach for many reasons that have nothing to do with your heart. It could just be something you ate, after all. But you need to be aware that it can also happen during a heart attack.
The best treatment for a heart attack is prevention. Early action and intervention is key to treating a heart disease. Don’t take these risks lightly, if you have these signs and feel you are at risk for a heart attack act quickly and call 911.