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Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Know the signs and symptoms of heart attack and get help right away if you experience them.

Signs of Heart Attack

  • Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back; you may feel uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

Get Help Fast

If you think you or someone else is experiencing a heart attack, get help now. Call 911 and go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

For additional information on Early Heart Attack Care visit

Signs of Heart Attack in Women

As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience other common symptoms, especially shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Women are less likely than men to believe they're having a heart attack and more likely to delay seeking emergency treatment.

Learn more about women's heart health at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.