Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

The symptoms of a heart attack can be very different for men and women. Learn the signs to look out for and how to prevent an attack before it happens.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

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  • Aside from family history, some heart attack risk factors — like smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar — can be controlled through lifestyle changes or medication.
  • Common warning signs of a heart attack include pressure, tightness or squeezing in the chest and/or left arm, nausea, indigestion, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, cold sweats, fatigue and sudden dizziness.
  • Women and men often experience different symptoms. Women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, extreme tiredness, nausea, vomiting and jaw or neck pain. Some women may not experience chest pressure at all.

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