Roll over the symptoms to learn more about the warning signs of a heart attack.

Jaw

Discomfort or pain in your jaw. You may feel an ache or tightness in and around the lower jaw on either one or both sides. This discomfort can spread from your chest to your jaw.

Neck

Discomfort or pain in your neck. People who have had a heart attack describe a general discomfort in their neck, or a choking or burning feeling in their throat. This discomfort may spread from your chest or shoulders to your neck.

Shoulder(s)

Discomfort or pain in and around one or both of your shoulders. People who have had a heart attack describe feeling a general ache, heaviness or pressure which spreads from their chest to their shoulder(s).

Chest

Discomfort or pain in the centre of your chest. You may feel heaviness, tightness, pressure or a crushing sensation in the centre of the chest. The discomfort may be mild and make you feel generally unwell.

Note: Chest pain that is a sharp and stabbing sensation is generally less associated with having a heart attack.

Back

Discomfort or pain in your back. People who have had a heart attack describe feeling a dull ache in between their shoulder blades. This discomfort can spread from your chest to your back.

Arm(s)

Discomfort, pain, heaviness or uselessness in one or both arms. People who have had a heart attack describe feelings of discomfort, numbness or tingling in their arm(s). This discomfort may spread from your chest to your arm(s).

Nausea

You may feel nauseous or generally unwell while experiencing other heart attack symptoms.

Dizziness

You may feel dizzy or light-headed while experiencing other heart attack symptoms.

Cold Sweat

You may break out in a cold sweat while experiencing other heart attack symptoms.

Shortness of Breath

You may feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing. People who have had a heart attack describe finding it difficult to breathe or take a deep breath due to a tight or constricted feeling in their chest.