Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Look out for these signs and symptoms of a heart attack: Knowing them can save lives

Thousands of men and women across Canada die every year because they fail to identify the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and do not get to a hospital in time. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada compiled a list of common signs and symptoms of a heart attack that everyone should look out for.

One of these signs and symptoms of a heart attack are pains throughout the body. Unexpected pains like burning, squeezing or tightness in the chest, neck, jaw, shoulder, arms or back, usually on the left side of your body, are all tell-tale signs that a heart attack is imminent. This is more common in men than women. Women may experience some different signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

For more information, read the article on this website about heart attack symptoms in women that are often ignored before having a heart attack. Nevertheless, women and men still tend to experience many of the same heart attack symptoms.

Other signs and symptoms of a heart attack that the Heart and Stroke Foundation warn of include difficulty breathing, indigestion, vomiting, clammy skin, anxiety and denial. If these unexpectedly arise, seemingly without warning or cause, a heart attack could soon occur.

If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, immediately call 911, stop what you're doing and sit or lie down, take a single dosage of aspirin and wait until medical services arrive.