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Symptoms

Symptoms vary from person to person. In fact, if you have a second heart attack, your symptoms may not even be the same as they were for the first one. Some people have no symptoms at all. This is called a "silent heart attack."
 
 
  • Chest discomfort
  • Pain in one or both arms, the left shoulder, neck, jaw, or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Abnormal heartbeats.
     
Other vague symptoms may include:
 

Diagnosing a Heart Attack

In order to make a diagnosis, the healthcare provider will work quickly to find out if you are having or have had a heart attack. He or she will ask a number of questions and perform a physical exam, looking for signs or symptoms of a heart attack. The healthcare provider will also order certain tests or procedures. Initial tests will be quickly followed by treatment if you are having a heart attack.
 

Treatment

The goals of treatment are to:
 
  • Quickly restore blood flow to the heart
  • Continuously monitor your vital signs to detect and treat heart attack complications
  • Make lifelong changes to reduce the chances of another heart attack.
     
Depending on the situation, specific treatment for heart attacks can include:
 
Delaying treatment can mean lasting damage to your heart or even death. The sooner treatment for a heart attack begins, the better your chances of recovering.
 
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