Heart attack symptoms: Know what's a medical emergency

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Typical heart attack symptoms

Chest discomfort or pain
This discomfort or pain can feel like a tight ache, pressure, fullness or squeezing in your chest lasting more than a few minutes. This discomfort may come and go.
Upper body pain
Pain or discomfort may spread beyond your chest to your shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw. You may have upper body pain with no chest discomfort.
Stomach pain
Pain may extend downward into your abdominal area and may feel like heartburn.
Shortness of breath
You may pant for breath or try to take in deep breaths. This often occurs before you develop chest discomfort, or you may not experience any chest discomfort.
Anxiety
You may feel a sense of doom or feel as if you're having a panic attack for no apparent reason.
Lightheadedness
In addition to chest pressure, you may feel dizzy or feel like you might pass out.
Sweating
You may suddenly break into a sweat with cold, clammy skin.
Nausea and vomiting
You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
July 25, 2014