Both men and women may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Chest discomfort: Discomfort in center of chest lasting more than a few minutes – or it could go away and come back; uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath: May occur with or without discomfort
- Other signs: Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness
What may be different for women and diabetics?
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Diabetics are also more likely to experience the other common symptoms since they most often experience NO CHEST PAIN and have what is known as “silent,” or pain-free, heart attacks.
Minutes matter! CALL 9-1-1!!
Do not drive yourself – EMS personnel can begin lifesaving treatment right away and determine if you are having a heart attack so that they can notify the hospital en route.