Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here are some of the commonest signs and symptoms:

Chest discomfort: Discomfort in the central part of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It could produce the feel of uncomfortable pressure or squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in other areas:  symptoms can include pain or dis comfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath : this feeling often comes along with chest discomfort, but it can also occur even before the chest discomfort.

Other Signs : These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, giddiness, nausea or light – headedness.

If you, or someone with you, has chest discomfort especially, with one or more of the above signs, please do not wait longer than a few minutes. (Never more than five minutes) Call for help immediately. Get to a hospital right away.

If you have pain yourself, and are unable to call an ambulance, have someone drive you to the hospital immediately. Please do not drive yourself unless you have absolutely no other option.



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