Do you know the signs of heart attack?

I’ve been shoveling lots of snow and know several other Kansans are too.  Many may have developed chest pain or other early heart attack symptoms during this activity and might not even realize it.

Did you know that more than 50 percent of people will have early symptoms before their heart attack?

Below, we’ve compiled a list of classic and atypical heart attack symptoms you should learn to recognize.

Signs of heart attackIf you or a loved one feels they are experiencing signs of heart attack, the best thing to do is call 911. It’s important to get medical attention right away. 


Atypical (not classic or not usual)

  • Chest discomfort described as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest.
  • Chest pain due to inadequate blood flow to heart tissue is called angina.
  • Discomfort in one or both arms.
  • Shortness of breath with or before chest discomfort.
  • Diaphoresis – abnormal sweating


  • Back, abdominal, neck or jaw pain
  • Nausea, vomiting and indigestion
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness



About Dawn Gosnell

I am an advanced practice registered nurse that works with heart patients at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, Kan.
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