Symptoms of a Heart Attack Find a Location Find a Doctor Heart & Vascular Arrhythmia Center Diagnostic Testing Treatments/Procedures Cardiology Minimally Invasive Procedures Heart Attack Care Clinical Research Diagnostic Services Heart Surgery Other Services Cardiac Rehab Heart Failure Center Patient Success Stories Prevention & Wellness AHA Training Center CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit Hands-only CPR Healing Hearts Women's Support Group Heart Healthy Lifestyle Tips My Heart Rocks Take Time For Your Heart Women and Heart Disease Tobacco Cessation Freshstart Tobacco Cessation E-cigarette Education Success Stories Tobacco Cessation Resources Valve Center Treatments Your Hospital Stay Care After Heart Surgery Intensive Care for Heart Conditions Nurses with Heart Care Expertise Partners in Heart Care Transitional Care Units Symptoms of a Heart Attack Although some heart attacks can be sudden and intense, most heart attacks begin slowly, with mild pain and symptoms. Knowing the symptoms can help save your life. The warning signs of a heart attack include: Chest discomfort – An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. Discomfort in other areas of your upper body – Can include pain or discomfort in one or both of your arms or your back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath – With or without chest discomfort. Other signs – May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, arm numbness or extreme fatigue. Get Help Right Away: Call 911 Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, call 911 — don’t drive. Fast action can save your life or someone else’s. When you call 911, paramedics can start providing care and let the Emergency Department know they’re on the way. Learn more about our lifesaving heart attack care. Wondering about your heart? Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the U.S. If that surprises you, this might surprise you, too: It’s often preventable, but only if you take action. Take our online quiz to see if you are at risk. START QUIZ Center of Excellence St. Elizabeth Edgewood is Greater Cincinnati’s only Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accredited by the American Heart Association, placing us in an elite group of hospitals that have met high standards to fully address the needs of patients with complex cardiac conditions. The best heart care, right here. 5 Tips When Using Hands-Only CPR What do you do when someone suddenly collapses and doesn't have a pulse? Call 911 and begin hands-only CPR immediately to save their life! Here are 5 tips for using hands-only CPR. LEARN HANDS-ONLY CPR Women's Heart Attack Signs Chest pain or discomfort is the most common heart attack symptom for both men and women. However, women are more likely to experience some of the other heart attack symptoms — particularly fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain.