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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program 

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack

Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack could save your life.

Knowing how to detect a heart attack and taking fast and appropriate action could make the difference between life and death.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms call 9-1-1 right away! Every minute counts, even if the symptoms seem to disappear!

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or burning pain in the center of the chest that either lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and then comes back.

  • Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms.

  • Chest discomfort along with severe pain, lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

  • Unusual chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain

  • Nausea or dizziness (without chest pain)

  • Shortness of breath with difficulty breathing.

  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or extreme fatigue.

  • Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness.

Not all of these warning signs occur in every heart attack. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately!

Nebraska Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
301 Centennial Mall South P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044
(402) 471-2101