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Heart Attack Symptoms and Warning Signs

When it comes to a heart attack, time is muscle. It’s important to know the warning signs of a heart attack, which can vary between men and women, and to call 911 immediately if you have any of the following symptoms.

Heart Attack Symptoms are Different for Men and Women

Be aware of warning signs that might be telling you you're having a cardiac event. Men and women experience different signs and symptoms:


  • Chest discomfort or pain that feels "crushing" or "squeezing" or may feel like a heavy weight on the chest
  • Chest discomfort or pain that occurs with:
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain that spreads from the chest  to the neck, the jaw or one or both shoulders
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • A fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of consciousness


  • Unusual chest pain, stomach pain or abdominal pain
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing
  • Palpitations
  • Cold sweat and/or paleness

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately and ask EMS to take you to the Chest Pain Center at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler. If you are experiencing symptoms of an acute heart attack, time is muscle. Our Code STEMI protocol has reduced transport to treatment time from 133 minutes to less than 70 minutes -- a life-saving difference. Emergency care centers and emergency transports throughout the region have joined CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital — Tyler in this initiative. Code STEMI is part of the American College of Cardiology national quality improvement project.

Learn More About Heart Health

The pain of a heart attack usually will not go away with rest. It is important to recognize the early stages of a heart attack and to seek emergency care. Medical treatment is needed to prevent death and to preserve heart muscle. Sometimes medicines can be given to reduce the damage to the heart muscle caused by a heart attack. For more information visit the American Heart Association.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you'd like to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist, call us today at 903-606-3000.