These symptoms infrequently or rarely occur with heartburn. 7. Nausea/vomiting. Waves of nausea, stomach ache, cramps, vomiting and/or diarrhea are often reported by women who are having a heart attack.
Indigestion also has very similar symptoms to a heart attack and may be the cause of your chest pain, particularly if you’ve had a very large or spicy meal in the hour before symptoms start. ‘Even doctors can’t always tell the difference without doing an EEG or a blood test, but it’s better to be safe than sorry,’ says Dr Archbold.
What to do if you think you are having a heart attack
The pain may not be concentrated in the chest at all. It could feel like pressure in the chest and pain in other parts of the body. Upper back pain is another symptom women more commonly cite than men.
Heart Attack Symptoms
This ache or pain is called angina. It is important to know that angina can manifest in many different ways and does not always need to be experienced as chest pain. The chest pain feels like a tightness, fullness, pressure, or ache, which may radiate from the chest to the neck, jaw, shoulder, or back, associated with shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating.
- Heartburn is discomfort or actual pain caused by digestive acid moving into the tube that carries swallowed food to your stomach (esophagus).
- Upper back pain is another symptom women more commonly cite than men.
- Symptoms of heart disease include chest pain and shortness of breath.
How to prevent future heart problems
Sweating more than usual – especially if you aren’t exercising or being active – could be an early warning sign of heart problems. Pumping blood through clogged arteries takes more effort from your heart, so your body sweats more to try to keep your body temperature down during the extra exertion. If you experience cold sweats or clammy skin, then you should consult your doctor.
Doctor Gerard Devlin, Medical Director, Heart Foundation and Doctor Tony Smith Medical Director of St John talk about warning signs and the importance of seeking medical attention if you think you are having a heart attack. If you have any of these symptoms longer than 10 minutes dial 111 now. Too many New Zealanders die or live with permanent disability because of the lack of awareness of heart attack warning signs and delays in seeking medical help.
Almost half of them will occur without prior symptoms or warning signs. Even if you’re not sure your symptoms indicate a heart attack, you should seek emergency medical care. Never worry about a false alarm or causing anyone embarrassment.
Anyone who has angina should be under medical care and alert to this risk. Not all heart attacks give the same symptoms. Symptoms can be mild or severe, and some people experience no symptoms at all.