What are the symptoms of heart attack and what should I do?

Chest pain. A heart attack or mi (myocardial infarction) can often begin suddenly with chest pain often described as having heavy pressure "like an elephant sitting on your chest." many times this pain can radiate to the left neck, left shoulder and down the left arm. The patient may start sweating and feel their heart racing. If you have similar symptoms, go to the er or call 911 immediately.
What to do? It is recommended to go to the er if you are worried about your symptoms. If your have heart disease, diabetes type ii, or high blood pressure, or a family history of any of these - it's in your best interest to seek help quickly. You may try taking a baby aspirin, 81mg, and then get to a doctor - even if symptoms decrease.

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What are the symptoms of heart attack in young men?

The same. Anything between the belly button-mouth, front or back, including neck, shoulders, and arms + belching, "indigestion", sweating, ache/pressure including et cetera can be heart disease in the young or older patient. In diabetics and hypertensive heart symptoms can be "the flu", unusual fatigue, or nothing! Read more...
Probably same. Probably same symptoms as those seen in older men or in women. Read more...

Can you explain what are the symptoms of heart attack?

Classic symptoms. If you are asking for classic symptoms that would be chest pressure like an elephant on chest with radiation of pain or heaviness to the neck, jaw and left arm (mostly) with cold sweats, shortness of breath and sometimes nausea or heartburn-like, or dizziness. There are variations of these so better know your risk factors and anticipate when you feel something. Talk to your doctor. Read more...

Are the symptoms of heart attack different in men versus women?

Yes. Women often present with atypical symptoms such as fatigue, r weakness, nausea, and not the classic symptoms of chest pain / tightness or shortness of breath. Arm pain etc. It is important to seek medical attention for these type of symptoms. Read more...
Sometimes. Some women have symptoms that are more subtle or are somewhat different than those in men ... Read more...

Symptoms of heart attack in women?

MI women. Good question! wished i could say there was a precise and definite symptom...There isn't. Symptoms of mi in women tend to be nonspecific and range from shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, upset stomach , neck pain, to overall malaise. When in doubt... Please see a doctor as soon as possible. You got one chance... Only one! Read more...
Same as in men. Same as in men, but maybe more subtle ... Chest pain, possible arm or neck pain, nausea, sweating, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, fatigue, restlessness, anxiety, etc. Read more...

What are early symptoms of heart attack?

Other symptoms. Nausea, back pain, pain down the left arm as well as chest pain all point to heart attack symptoms. In many patients, especially diabetics and women, heart attacks can have little to no symptoms. Get checked now please in the er! Read more...
Classically. Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder. Some will have abdominal pain-and be confused with gallbladder or stomach symptoms. Ladies seem to have less classic// or tolerate pain better than men. Relief with Nitroglycerin is very suggestive. A feeling of impending doom, pallor, sweating suggest a bad day! Read more...