Heart attack symptoms can vary widely. For instance, you may have only minor chest discomfort while someone else has excruciating pain.
One thing applies to everyone, though: If you suspect that you're having a heart attack, call 911 or your local emergency medical services number.
If you don't have access to emergency medical services, have someone drive you to the nearest hospital. Drive yourself only as a last resort, if there are absolutely no other options.
Movies and TV often portray heart attacks as dramatic, chest-clutching events. But heart attacks often begin with subtle symptoms — such as discomfort that may not even be described as pain.
It can be tempting to try to downplay your symptoms or brush them off as indigestion or anxiety. But don't "tough out" heart attack symptoms for more than five minutes. Call 911 or other emergency medical services for help.
Women may have all, many, a few or none of the typical heart attack symptoms. Some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest is still a common symptom of a heart attack in women. However, many women have heart attack symptoms without chest pain. They may include:
Older adults and people with diabetes may have no or very mild symptoms of a heart attack. Never dismiss heart attack symptoms, even if they don't seem serious.