Symptoms your body gives you before a myocardial infarction (heart attack)

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is severely reduced or blocked.

The blockage is most often the result of a buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in the arteries of the heart (coronary arteries).

These fatty deposits that contain cholesterol are called plaques.

The process of plaque buildup is called atherosclerosis.


Symptoms of a heart attack vary.

Some people have mild symptoms.

Others develop severe symptoms.

Some people don’t show any symptoms.

Common heart attack symptoms include:

Chest pain that feels like pressure, heaviness, tightness, squeezing or aching.

Pain or discomfort that radiates to the shoulder, arm, back, neck, jaw, or teeth, and sometimes to the upper abdomen

cold sweat


Heartburn or indigestion.

Sudden feeling dizzy or lightheaded.


shortness of breath.

Women may feel atypical symptoms such as mild or severe pain in the neck, arm or back.


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