Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain or discomfort, which can feel like pressing, tightness or a heavy sensation in the chest.
Other symptoms could include:
- discomfort or pain around the arms, jaw, back, shoulders, neck
- shortness of breath
- weakness, fainting or dizziness
- nausea or vomiting.
People with angina have a higher risk of having a heart attack. You may be having a heart attack if you have angina and:
- the pain is more severe, more frequent or different than usual
- the pain starts while you are resting or wakes you up from sleep.
If you have angina medication, take 1 puff of your GTN spray. Wait 5 minutes. If symptoms continue, taken another puff and wait 5 minutes. If you still have symptoms, treat it as a heart attack. Call 111 for an ambulance.
Symptoms without chest pain or discomfort
Not everyone having a heart attack gets chest pain. It is less common in women and people with diabetes.
They may only have shoulder, arm, jaw, neck, or back pain.
Some people complain only of shortness of breath, severe weakness, being lightheaded, sweating, or nausea and vomiting.