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First Aid for Heart Attack

Alternate Names : Myocardial Infarction, MI, Cardiopulmonary Arrest

First Aid for Heart Attack | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the injury?

The signs and symptoms of a heart attack vary. Chest pain or pressure usually occurs beneath the sternum, which is the bone in the center of the chest. The pain may spread to other parts of the chest, arms, usually the left arm, and left shoulder. There can also be pain in the neck, teeth and jaws. The pain tends to occur on the left side, but pain can occur in the right arm, right shoulder and right side of the neck. The pain can also spread to the back. On rare occasions, pain has also occurred in the legs.

In addition, a person having a heart attack may have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • abdominal pain.
  • a "pressing" pain that lasts for some time.
  • pain not relieved by rest.
  • indigestion-like pain with squeezing, or heavy pressure on the chest. Many people describe the pressure as "someone sitting on my chest" or a "tight band squeezing my chest."
  • shortness of breath.
  • light-headedness.
  • dizziness.
  • nausea.
  • sweating.
  • feeling of "impending doom."
  • anxiety.

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    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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