Signs of a Heart Attack

While most heart attacks are sudden and unmistakable, some might come on more gradually, Dr. Abdallah says. Some of the common early warning signs include: Pressure or tightness in the chest (rather than pain). Pain in the arm, jaw, neck or back. Cold sweats. Shortness of breath. Nausea. Unusual fatigue.

Common heart attack signs and symptoms include: Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back. Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain. Shortness of breath.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, …

Signs of a Heart Attack

Panic Attack vs Heart Attack

And while the physical effects can look similar, there are subtle ways to tell the difference between panic attacks and heart attacks. Both panic attacks and heart attacks have chest pains, and both can cause what feels like a squeezing of the heart. But heart attacks cause chest pains that tend to radiate all along the shoulder.

Panic attacks are not life-threatening; however, they can impact the quality of a person’s life in a big way. Heart attacks are a medical emergency. A lack of blood to the heart can cause serious damage to the heart muscle and it can be life-threatening.

If, on the other hand, you experience chronic stress, suffered a recent traumatic event, or have trouble coping with life’s ups and downs, you may be dealing with anxiety. Symptoms of severe anxiety and panic often resemble a heart attack, which can worsen your distress. When anxiety feels like a heart attack, the panic can feel overwhelming.

Panic Attack vs Heart Attack