Heart attack symptoms may vary depending on what area of heart is affected and individual factors. In some cases, some people may not experience any symptoms or symptoms may be very mild such as backache, fatigue, headache, and feeling of indigestion.
Generally, people who have heart attack may experience chest pain. The type of chest pain can vary widely and may be described as a squeezing, pressure or pain in the chest.
The level of pain can vary greatly from one person to another. For some people, the pain is severe and it can be described as feeling like ‘an elephant was sitting on my chest’. While others, the pain can be mild and similar to that experienced during fatigue. Also, some women and old people may not experience chest pain at all. The common warning signs and symptoms of heart attack include:
- Chest pain: The pain is feels like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or tightness in the center of the chest lasting for more than a few minutes.
- Pain in several part of the body: It can feel like the pain is traveling from the chest to shoulders, back, neck, jaw or arms (usually the left arm is affected but it can affect both arms).
- Shortness of breath
- Extraordinary sense of anxiety
If you experience some heart attack symptoms as described above, especially if you know that you have a risk factor for heart attack, you must get medical help as soon as possible. Usually, the easy thing to do is call 911 and have paramedics come to you.
Do not worry if you have any doubts about whether your symptoms are related to heart attack. Assume that you are having a heart attack and call 911 to ask for an ambulance immediately.
Paramedics would rather to be called out to know that just a misunderstanding than be called when it was too late to save someone’s life.