If the arteries leading to your heart become too narrowed by plaque, or if plaque buildup causes a blood clot that blocks the arteries to your heart, you may have a heart attack. Warning signs of a heart attack can differ from one person to the next. If you have symptoms of a heart attack, get immediate emergency medical care.
Here are the classic symptoms of a heart attack:
- Crushing pain, pressure, or squeezing in the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It may also feel heavy, stabbing, or burning. The pain may spread to your back, neck, shoulders, arms, or jaw.
- Discomfort in your chest possibly along with feeling lightheaded, fainting, sweating, feeling nauseous, or becoming short of breath.
Other symptoms that may be present during a heart attack:
- anxiety that begins for no reason, weakness, or fatigue
- nausea, dizziness, or difficulty breathing, without chest pain
- back pain
- dry mouth
- pain in the arm
- pain in the lower jaw or throat
- rapid heartbeat, cold sweat, or paleness
- sense of impending doom
- stomach or abdominal pain, sometimes mistaken for indigestion
- cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing with or without chest pain