Maine Cardiovascular Health Program

Recognizing Heart Attack Symptoms

Heart attacks may not be like what you see in the movies, sudden and intense. Many heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
  • Feeling weak, lightheaded or faint
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulders
  • Shortness of breath
  • Women often report symptoms of discomfort rather than pain.

What to Do:

At the fist sign of heart attack, Call 911 Immediately!