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Chest pain is not the only symptom of a heart attack

Chest pain is a common symptom of a heart attack, but there are other indicators—and they sometimes
Chest pain is not the only symptom of a heart attack
There are five major symptoms of a heart attack in women and men.

Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms

There are five major signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women and men:

    Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.Chest pain or discomfort.Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.Shortness of breath.

Other symptoms of a heart attack could include unusual or unexplained tiredness and nausea or vomiting. Women are more likely to have these other symptoms.

Call 9-1-1

If you notice the symptoms of a heart attack in yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner you get to an emergency room, the sooner you can receive treatment to prevent total blockage and heart muscle damage or reduce the amount of damage. At the hospital, health care professionals can run tests to determine whether a heart attack is occurring and decide the best treatment.

In some cases, a heart attack requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or electrical shock (defibrillation). Bystanders trained to use CPR or a defibrillator may be able to help until emergency medical personnel arrive.

Remember, the chances of surviving a heart attack are greater the sooner emergency treatment begins.

Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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