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Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Some heart attacks start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Others are sudden or intense. Any chest pain lasting 10 minutes or more could signal a heart attack and should be treated immediately.

Call 9-1-1 for an ambulance if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pressure or crushing pain in chest, which may radiate into left arm or jaw
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath


  • Nausea or vomiting accompanied by a cold sweat or clamminess
  • Pain or discomfort in other areas of the body, including arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Pressure in the chest more common than sharp pains.
  • Shortness of breath, fatigue, and indigestion