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.

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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
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • 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: