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8 heart attack symptoms you should know

Prima (UK) Logo By Charlotte Hilton Andersen of Prima (UK) | Slide 1 of 8: There is some truth to the old adage about a heart attack feeling like an elephant on your chest, but that’s not the only way to describe it, says Sharonne Hayes, M.D., cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic. It’s true that the most consistent sign of a heart attack in both women and men is still chest pain, but any serious, ongoing chest discomfort may indicate a heart attack, she adds. The AHA describes it as 'uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the centre of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back'.A word of caution: you can have a heart attack without feeling any chest pain whatsoever, so don’t depend on this one symptom to know if you’re in trouble, the AHA adds.

1) You Feel Like You’re Being Hugged… By A Boa Constrictor

There is some truth to the old adage about a heart attack feeling like an elephant on your chest, but that’s not the only way to describe it, says Sharonne Hayes, M.D., cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic.

It’s true that the most consistent sign of a heart attack in both women and men is still chest pain, but any serious, ongoing chest discomfort may indicate a heart attack, she adds.

The AHA describes it as 'uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the centre of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back'.

A word of caution: you can have a heart attack without feeling any chest pain whatsoever, so don’t depend on this one symptom to know if you’re in trouble, the AHA adds.

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