What are the symptoms?
The most important symptom of a heart attack is pain. In some cases, the first and most important symptom of a heart attack is sudden severe chest pain. Pain usually begins in the middle of the chest and spreads to the back, shoulder, neck, jaw and arm. It is important to note that the pain that begins in the chest is typical for a heart attack, especially when it spreads to the left neck and arm.
So, does it always start with sudden and severe chest pain? No! Chest pain can gradually increase the intensity and manifest itself. In some cases, chest pain may not even be felt. Especially in diabetics, chest pain and other symptoms are not noticed and the crisis can proceed insidiously. This condition, called “painless heart attack,” is much more dangerous. One-third of women who have had a heart attack and one-quarter of men who have had a heart attack do not feel any pain during a heart attack.
Other symptoms of heart attack include sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, vomiting, pale skin, coughing, and fainting. Let’s just point out something that we need to keep in mind. A person who has a heart attack does not have a rule that all of these symptoms can be seen suddenly. It can be the only symptom of someone who has a heart attack, just to feel pain or long-term coughing.