Heart attack warning signs

A heart attack is an emergency. Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you are with start experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in other areas of the body
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweats, nausea, lightheadedness or fainting

As with men, women’s most common symptom for a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort, but women are also likely to experience:

  • Loss or shortness of breath, not necessarily accompanied by chest discomfort
  • Unusual fatigue, body aches or weakness
  • Nausea, vomiting, headaches, cold sweats and other flu-like symptoms
  • Back or jaw pain
  • Pain in the upper body—chest, shoulders, neck and back
  • Unexplained anxiety or unease

Cardiac alert

When EMS calls a cardiac alert on the way to Swedish, an ER physician and our experienced cardiac team meet the patient on arrival at the hospital. Two of our cardiac cath labs provide comprehensive emergency services.