Heart and Vascular Diseases
Symptoms of heart disease will vary depending on the individual, the type
of heart problem and the severity of the condition. To protect yourself,
it is important to learn to recognize any symptoms you experience and
to be aware of situations that may cause them. If you have been diagnosed
with heart disease, be sure to call your doctor if symptoms occur more
frequently, become more severe, or if you experience a new symptom.
Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms
If you or someone you are with experiences any of the following symptoms,
don’t wait more than five minutes to call 911. You can save your
life or someone else’s by calling 911 immediately.
Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes,
or goes away and comes back, is a common warning sign of a heart attack.
This discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or fullness.
Pain or Discomfort in the Upper Body
This can include one or both arms, the stomach, back, neck or jaw.
These may include shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness
or a sense of impending doom.