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Men-Signs of a Heart Attack

Signs of a Heart Attack in Men are Different than in Women 

Patients presenting with an acute coronary syndrome, impaired flow to the arteries feeding the heart, may present in different ways. The classic chest pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, neck or arm aching may not occur in all patients.  Some patients may have no obvious symptoms. We describe these attacks as "silent infarction".  

By learning the signs of a heart attack, you could save your life or the life of someone you know. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening: 

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.The discomfort can be mild or severe, and it may come and go.

  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

  • Shortness of breath. This symptom may occur along with or without chest discomfort.

  • Other signs include nausea, light-headedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat. 

The main focus for our patients is to notify their physician with any change in their breathing status, symptoms as above or a concerning change in their overall sense of well-being.  Remember "when in doubt, check it out".   Don't wait to call 911.