Symptoms of Heart Attack

A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle. Learn more about heart attack symptoms ›

Types of Heart Attack Symptoms: Neck Pain

Neck pain can be a minor nuisance, but it can also be a symptom of a heart attack. It is not unusual for a heart attack to produce a symptom that is away from where your heart is located. Pain can radiate from your chest down your arm, into your jaw, and commonly your neck. How can you tell if your neck pain is a problem with your neck muscles, nerves or bones, or your heart?

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When is Stomach Pain a Sign of a Heart Attack?

When a heart attack occurs in the movies or on TV, the victim often collapses with severe, crushing chest pain. In the real world however, heart attacks are not always that dramatic. Instead, your heart attack can produce vague stomach pain, indigestion, or heartburn-like symptoms. So how can you tell if your stomach symptoms are the result of a heart attack or gastrointestinal problem?

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Warning Signs of a Heart Attack in Women

Signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women are often dismissed or attributed to other conditions. But this brush-off is a terrible idea because delaying heart attack treatment can mean the difference between life and death. What signs of a heart attack should women pay attention to? Hint: It’s not just chest pain.

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Warning Signs of a Heart Attack in Men

If you have never had a heart attack it is hard to imagine what one might feel like. But knowing what symptoms to pay attention to could keep you from delaying treatment and possibly save your life. Despite popular belief, chest pain is not the only symptom. If chest pain is present, it is not always sudden and severe. Symptoms of a heart attack in men can also be gradual, subtle, and come and go with time.

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Types of Heart Attack Symptoms: Chest Pain

Chest pain is often a frightening symptom and most people would become alarmed if they experienced it, thinking it was a heart attack. Fortunately, there are many less serious causes of chest pain. So how can you tell if your chest pain is serious and worthy of calling 911?

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Arm Pain as a Symptom of a Heart Attack

When a person experiences arm pain, a heart attack is not usually front of mind. You are more likely to attribute arm pain to something musculoskeletal—an overworked muscle or tendon for example. But arm pain can be a sign that a heart attack is underway. So how can you tell the difference?

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Types of Heart Attack Symptoms: Jaw Pain

Heart attack symptoms are not always clear-cut, and not everyone has crushing chest pain. Instead, pain can radiate up from your heart into your jaw area and may or may not be associated with chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack. Many other causes of jaw discomfort are not life threatening but they still need medical attention. So how will you know if your jaw pain is a symptom of a heart attack?

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Types of Heart Attack Symptoms: Back Pain

Back pain is a common complaint with a multitude of causes. Back pain typically originates in the muscles, nerves, or bones in your back. But sometimes the pain is referred from another location, even your heart. While the cause of back stiffness, back pain, or problems bending over or moving your back should always be explored, there are times when you should just make sure that it’s not something more serious.

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Mild and Massive Heart Attacks: What’s the Difference?

You often hear people referring to a heart attack by its severity. Whether it is a mild heart attack or a massive one, a heart attack is always serious. The naming comes from the extent of heart muscle damage.

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