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Heart attack symptoms are the same in men and women. But women may be more likely to have less typical symptoms too, such as indigestion, feeling sick and vomiting. You might not realise these are heart attack symptoms.
If you think you may be having a heart attack, call 999 for emergency medical attention. See our symptoms section for more information.
Chest pain and other symptoms, such as breathlessness and feeling dizzy aren’t always symptoms of a heart attack. They can also be symptoms of other things, such as panic attacks or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). But, there’s no way to know for sure so don’t delay seeking help. To find out more, see our section on what to do if someone is having a heart attack.
The most common heart attack symptom is pain or discomfort in your chest. It can feel heavy, or like an aching or burning. This can spread to your jaw, neck, shoulders and arms. You may also feel short of breath, sweaty, dizzy, and sick. Find out more in our symptoms section.
Call 999 for an ambulance straight away if you think someone is having a heart attack. While you’re waiting, help them to get comfortable and rest. If there is an aspirin tablet available, they should chew this. See our what to do section for more information.
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