Know when to call

Call 911 immediately if you think that you or a loved one is having a heart attack. Tell the emergency team you’re having a heart attack. Do not drive to the hospital.

Know the signs of a heart attack.


The signs of a heart attack are often different for women than for men.

  • Sudden onset of severe fatigue, like the flu, often with vague chest discomfort
  • Discomfort, fullness, tightness, squeezing or pressure in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or comes and goes
  • Pressure or pain that spreads to the upper back, shoulders, neck, jaw or arms
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Clammy sweats, heart flutters or paleness
  • Unexplained feelings of anxiety, fatigue or weakness, especially with exertion
  • Severe stomach or abdominal pain


  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes
  • Pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
  • Pain, dizziness, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
  • Any chest discomfort that causes anxiety or concern
  • Any of the above symptoms that disappear with rest, then return with exertion
  • Pain that lasts for 10 to 15 minutes while you are resting should be evaluated immediately.