Heart Attack-Signs and Symptoms

It is important to remember that symptoms of a heart attack vary from person to person.

The main symptom of a heart attack is central chest pain, generally described as a tightness or crushing type of pain. While the majority of sufferers describe the pain as severe, others have found it to be mild-often confusing it with indigestion. The pain or discomfort may spread to the arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach.

Other symptoms of a heart attack may include:

  • Light headiness or dizzy feeling
  • Breathlessness
  • Rapid shallow breathing
  • Sweating and clamminess
  • Vomiting or nauseated

Some sufferers will not feel any of the above symptoms but may just feel weak or tired.

The following video from Princeton Health Centre in North America describes the symptoms of a heart attack. If you are in Ireland dial 999 not 911.  For more informational videos please visit our YouTube Channel.


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