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Johns Hopkins Medicine Suburban - Common Symptoms of a Heart Attack

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Common Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Date: November 1, 2012


Common Symptoms of a Heart Attack:

• Severe pressure, fullness, squeezing, pain and/or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes

• Pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulders, neck, arms or jaw

• Chest pain that increases in intensity

• Chest pain that is not relieved by rest or by taking nitroglycerin

• Chest pain that occurs with any/all of the following (additional) symptoms:

- Sweating, cool, clammy skin, and/or paleness

- Shortness of breath

- Nausea or vomiting

- Dizziness or fainting

- Unexplained weakness or fatigue

- Rapid or irregular pulse


Remember, call 911! Do not drive yourself to the hospital.