Heart Attack – Understanding the Symptoms

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
How can you recognize the sure symptoms of a heart attack?
You may be alone when the symptoms start, with nobody to guide or help you.
Most heart attacks are preceded by a discomfort in the centre of the chest that might repeat several times.

This may feel like

uncomfortable pressure on the chest,
squeezing feeling in the centre of the chest,
a feeling of fullness,
feeling of pain that may be very acute or very mild,
even similar to discomfort you feel from indigestion or heartburn.

In some the discomfort builds up very slowly. In some it builds up very fast.

Then the pain or discomfort usually spreads to

one or both the arms,
the back,
the neck,
the jaw and
the stomach.

These are followed by

shortness of breath,
breaking out in a cold sweat,
nausea or
feeling of lightheadedness.

The more symptoms you have, the more likely and more serious the heart attack. Everyone need not experience all these symptoms. Some may suffer a Silent Attack with no notable symptoms at all.