Heart attacks can have all the drama of a made-for-TV-movie, but they aren’t always that obvious. Most heart attacks start with mild pain, and people often don’t understand what’s happening at first.
Here are some of the signs:
- Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or happens more than once. You may feel pain, like your heart is being squeezed, pressure on your chest, or feel like the inside of your chest is expanding.
- Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including back, arms, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Difficulty breathing, with or without chest pain.
- Less common symptoms include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea and the feeling of being light-headed.
Women are more likely to experience the less expected symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea and back or jaw pain.
Many heart attacks are preventable with healthy lifestyle choices. Diet, exercise, and smoking all have a profound effect on your heart health.