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Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Every 33 seconds, someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases, America's number one killer. Since most of those deaths are from heart attack -- about 490,000 each year -- it's important to learn all you can about heart attack. Don't ignore heart problems.  It's a matter of life and death!

For example, you should know the warning signs so you can get help right away, either for yourself or someone close to you.  Many, many lives can be saved by acting quickly!

Get help fast if you feel any of these symptoms:

  • Uncomfortable heavy feeling, pressure, pain or squeezing in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes.
  • Pain that goes to your shoulders, neck or arms.
  • Discomfort in your chest along with a light head, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.


1994, 1996, American Heart Association.