From your health and wellness experts at Prisma Health
Heart Health
September 09, 2019

Know the signs of a heart attack

Barry Feldman, MD
Palmetto Heart
It’s easy to explain away warning signs – nausea, fatigue, back pain. Maybe you’re coming down with a virus, or it’s just stress. But it could be something more serious.
 
Knowing the signs of a heart attack – and quickly calling 911 – can save your life. Cardiologist Barry Feldman, MD, Palmetto Heart, said these are common symptoms:
  • Chest pressure, squeezing, aching or burning
  • Shortness of breath
  • Back pain
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Feeling of fullness
 
“You could experience any or all of these symptoms” said Dr. Feldman. “When they start, they can be mild or come and go. Over time, the symptoms and pain will increase.”
 
Dr. Feldman said symptoms also can be different between men and women. “This is important because women are more likely to ignore their symptoms and die of a heart attack.”
 
Both men and women typically experience:
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, vomiting or indigestion
 
Men typically experience:
  • Cold sweat, rapid or irregular heart beats
  • Pain in the upper body including arms, shoulders and back
  • Chest pain or discomfort, choking feeling
 
Women typically experience:
  • Unusual fatigue or sleep disturbance and a sense of impending doom
  • Pain or weakness in the shoulder blades, neck, arm, jaw or all over the body
  • Chest discomfort, pressure or burning
 
Don’t ignore the warning signs. Call 911.


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