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How do i know if i'm having a heart attack?

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Dr. Jennifer Letourneau answered

Specializes in Critical Care

Heart attacks may present with a variety of symptoms including chest discomfort (crushing pain, pressure, squeezing, or fullness), shortness of breath, pain down one or both arms, pain in jaw, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. If yiu are concerned, yiu should see a health care provider immediately.

Answered Jul 17, 2013

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Dr. Christopher Dowd answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Classic sx included chest pain, radiation to jaw, shoulder, sweats, short of breath. Important to note some, esp women & diabetics (that's a lot of people) don't always have classic sx. It's esp important to consider context too. What risk factors are present: overweight, lack of exercise, poor diet, tob use, high bp, diabetes, cholesterol & related biomarkers, & other inflammatory conditions.

Answered Jan 8, 2015

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Dr. Liesa Harte answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

You could go to the emergency room and be evaluated. There is lab work now that checks for breakdown or damage of heart muscle. That and/ or an EKG could help you know if you are having a heart attack.

Answered Jun 20, 2014

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Dr. Bennett Werner answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Heart attacks can cause no symptoms or atypical symptoms but the classic symptoms are: substernal discomfort, can become painful, described as a weight or vise-like tightening, with sweating, nausea, sometimes with breathlessness, sometimes radiating to the left arm or jaw. They are exceptionally rare in premenopausal women unless diabetic or on cocaine.

Answered Jul 15, 2014

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Dr. Amrit Singh answered

Specializes in Cardiology

U have unbearable chest pain sweating or u don't feel good go to Er or call ambulance

Answered Jul 30, 2015

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Dr. Jessica Allan answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Although chest pain or pressure are the most common sx. Other sx include pain, fullness or squeezing sensation of the chest; jaw pain, toothache, headache; Shortness of breath; Nausea, vomiting, upper middle abdominal discomfort,; sweating; heartburn or indigestio;, Arm pain L>R.; Upper back pain, Gerneral malaise; lightheadedness; or NO SYMPTOMS at all. Seek prompt medical attention for MI

Answered Jul 30, 2015

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