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Heart Attack Warning Signs

Call 911 immediately if you experience the signs of heart attack.

Signs of Heart Attack

Chest pain

  • May start as mild discomfort and progress to more intense pain
  • May come and go
  • May feel like a weight on the chest or a squeezing sensation

Discomfort in other parts of the upper body

  • Pain in the arms, back, jaw, neck, or stomach

Shortness of breath

  • A sensation of difficulty breathing
  • Rapid or shallow breathing

Sweating

Nausea and vomiting

Lightheadedness

Anxiety

Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms

Although symptoms of chest pain and discomfort occur in both men and women, women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, back or jaw pain, nausea or vomiting. It’s important to recognize these symptoms because women in general are more likely to delay emergency treatment.

High Heart Attack Survival Rates

At Cape Cod Healthcare, you have a better chance of surviving a heart attack than anywhere in the state. Our door to balloon times—the time between your arrival at the hospital and the time you receive lifesaving intervention to open a blocked artery—are among the fastest in the state and nation. Find out more about our high heart attack survival rates.

Continuing Care

Our heart and vascular physicians provide comprehensive care for heart conditions, from screening and diagnosis through treatment and recovery.

Learn more about heart attack in our online health library, including ways to reduce your risks.