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Since you’ve had a heart attack, your risk of having another is increased. Before you leave the hospital, ask your healthcare provider what symptoms to watch for. The list below may help. Keep in mind that the symptoms of a second heart attack may be similar—or different—from the ones of the first. Also, remember that women may have certain symptoms that are different from men.
The faster you get help during a heart attack, the less damage your heart will likely have. If you think you’re having another heart attack, call 911 right away. Don’t wait longer than 5 minutes.
Pressure, squeezing, discomfort or pain in the chest
Other discomfort in the neck, jaw, shoulders, arms, or back
Severe shortness of breath
Dizziness or faintness
Nausea or vomiting
American Heart Association www.heart.org
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Women’s Hearts: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. www.womenheart.org
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