Heart & Vascular Care Institute

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Signs of Heart Attack

Act quickly to save a life

The signs of a heart attack aren't the same for everyone. For some, symptoms are sudden and intense. For others, the symptoms are mild and begin slowly. Know the warning signs and act quickly—by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room—if you think you're having a heart attack.

Symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Discomfort/pain in center of chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
  • Discomfort in the arm(s), back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness

Some heart attack symptoms are more common in women than in men:

  • Stomach, abdominal pain, or unusual chest pain
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness, or fatigue
  • Palpitations, cold sweat, or paleness
Freeman West Emergency Room
1102 W. 32nd St.
Joplin, MO

Freeman Neosho Emergency Room
113 W. Hickory St.
Neosho, MO