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Warning Signs of Heart Attack

A senior woman in the kitchen is holding her chest in pain.

Since you’ve had a heart attack, your risk of having another is increased. Before you leave the hospital, ask your health care 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

  • Sweating


  • American Heart Association

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

  • Women’s Hearts: The national Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 6/1/2013
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