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Heart Attack -- Many Times This Is the First Symptom of Heart Disease

In some people, the first symptom of this disease is a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery becomes blocked, most commonly by a blood clot. Heart attack symptoms can include:
  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the neck, jaw, back, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This often comes along with chest discomfort, but it also can occur before discomfort in the chest.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat or feeling nausea or light-headedness.
Other vague symptoms may include:
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Problems breathing
  • Indigestion (upset stomach)
  • Anxiety (feeling uneasy or worried).

Heart Disease Symptoms: Final Thoughts

If you have several heart disease risk factors, you should talk with your healthcare provider, even if you have no heart disease symptoms. There are things you can do to lower your risks and improve the health of your heart and blood vessels.
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