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What does it feel like when having a heart attack?

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Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Heart attack: Chest pain, shoulder pain, jaw pain, chest heaviness, suffocation, shortness of breath, left arm pain ad tingling, and sometimes no symptoms or minor symptoms. When in doubt, see a doctor.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Classic: Usual sub-sternal crushing severe durable sustained, anxiety producing, with clammy skin, pallor and radiation to left upper arm with a squeeze. Much variability!

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What does a heart attack feel like?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
See below: The classic symptom of crushing chest pain does is not the most frequent presentation. Frequent symptoms include chest pressure, shortness of breath with unexplained sweating , nausea/vomiting, jaw or arm pain left and or right and even pain/discomfort radiating to the teeth. See your doctor.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What does a heart attack look like?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Symptoms?: Symptoms? Is that what you're asking about? Sudden onset of chest pain often accompanied by diaphoresis & shortness of breath. Sometimes the pain travels down the left arm.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What exactly does it feel like when you are having a heart attack?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sxs: Heart attack sx can include: chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, increased sweating pain or numbness radiating down the arm (more often left than right) and nausea. There could be pain in the upper back, head, jaw or teeth. One fourth of people have heart attacks without chest pain.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

How does your head feel before a heart attack?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
At 24, I expect: Even though i don't know how your head would feel, that... This may be a panic attack - not a heart attack. But they are both serious and feel awful - go to an er or urgent care to reassure yourself and get some good advice for moving forward. You can learn more about yourself and how to take better care of the only you you've got. Good luck.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment of heart attack like?

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Dr. Michael Borookhim
Geriatrics 25 years experience
First get to: A hospital via paramedics. Second take an Aspirin if you have one available. Please chew it. Once you get admitted depending on the presentation you will get either medicaly managed to start or you will be taken to the cath lab where you will have an angiogram and possibly placement of stents or angioplasty. Once this is done the treatment once again entails medical management.

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