The experts at Rose Heart & Vascular Care are dedicated to providing the best heart care at the best time from the best doctors. Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack and getting the right help quickly is vital to surviving and thriving. Our team partners with local EMS to provide Cardiac Alert, a program designed to get the hospital team ready to treat as soon a heart attack patient arrives at the hospital. This has led to Rose exceeding national benchmarks for heart care.
Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, call 911 immediately — do not drive yourself to the ER.
- Chest pressure or discomfort
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Shortness of breath
- Jaw pain
- Back pain
Rose cardiologist Dr. Sameer Mehta shares warning signs to be aware of:
Women can experience a heart attack without the telltale chest pressure. Women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting or chest pain as symptoms of a heart attack.
Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms Specific to Women
- Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of chest (lasts a few moments, goes away and returns)
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
- Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness
- As with men, a common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort.
Learn more about differences in heart disease in men and women from Rose cardiologist, Dr. Bridget Beck: