Signs and Symptoms

Stethoscope and Electrocardiogram

If you experience any of these signs and symptoms of heart disease, contact your physician:

  • Numbness in your limbs
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling like your heartbeat is off, like racing or going too slow
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fainting

Below is a list of symptoms of heart attack, courtesy of the American Heart Association. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911. Do not drive yourself to the hospital.

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. Women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
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