Signs of a Heart Attack
Chest pain is the most widely recognized sign of a heart attack. The pain generally occurs in the center or left side of the chest and is often described as a sense of pressure or tightness.
Pain or discomfort can also affect other parts of the upper body, including arms, back, neck and jaw.
Shortness of breath, sudden lightheadedness, and cold sweat often accompany the pain.
Some patients experience nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain, and other digestive distress.
A heart attack can strike with absolutely no warning, but some people experience a forerunner caused by a temporary reduction of blood flow to the heart. This condition, called angina, is recurrent chest pain that comes on with exertion and diminishes after rest.
If you are experiencing these symptoms or are concerned your symptoms could be cardiac related, the ER on Sonny is open 24/7. We have a full complement of cardiac monitoring and diagnostic equipment on-site as well as emergency room-trained physicians experienced in treating cardiac distress.