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 & Lung Surgery Heart Disease Treatment Lung & Airway Disease Treatment Other Services Cardiac Rehab Heart Failure Center Patient Success Stories Prevention & Wellness CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit Freshstart Hands-only CPR Heart Healthy Lifestyle Tips My Heart Rocks Take Time For Your Heart Women Take Heart 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. 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. How to Perform CPR Watch the video from the American Heart Association to see how to give hands-only CPR. These two simple steps can save someone’s life. LEARN HANDS-ONLY CPR App Speeds Care When a heart attack strikes, it’s a life-threatening event and every second counts. The Pulsara app allows the EMS staff to activate the St. Elizabeth team en route, and the patient bypasses the ER. Thanks to the app, we are able to open the artery of a patient faster than most systems.