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Signs and Symptoms

Sudden, Intense, Crushing Chest Pain

Some heart attacks are obvious - sudden, intense, crushing chest pain. But many are not so obvious. These may come with less intense symptoms:

Less Intense Symptoms


Chest Discomfort

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes, or that goes away and returns. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Upper Body Discomfort

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Typical Angina Pain Areas

Shortness of Breath

This may occur with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs

These may include:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-8800

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