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Recognizing the symptoms of heart trouble

The most common symptom of heart trouble is chest pain. Some patients mistake this for indigestion or heartburn. They may also feel it in the neck, jaw, throat, shoulders, arms or back. Whether you have coronary heart disease or some other heart condition, your symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
  • “Flip-flop” or fluttering feeling in the chest (atrial fibrillation)
  • Rapid heartbeat (heart palpitations)
  • Sudden fatigue
  • Sudden loss of energy
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Pressure, heaviness or pain in the chest, arm or below the breastbone
  • Radiating pain to the jaw, throat, arm or back
  • Indigestion or a “choking” feeling (like heartburn)
  • Rapid unexplained weight loss

Heart attack symptoms for diabetics and others

Heart attack symptoms typically last 30 minutes or longer and are not relieved by rest or medication. An attack may begin with mild discomfort, but soon progresses to significant pain.

You can also have a heart attack without symptoms, especially if you are diabetic. Diabetics have a higher risk for heart problems than non-diabetics. People with oral gum disease, sleep apnea and obesity are also at higher risk, along with smokers.

If you think you are having a heart attack, immediately call for emergency help. Dial 911. Immediate treatment of a heart attack is very important to prevent long-term heart damage or even death. Though five out of six heart attack victims survive, you don’t want to risk becoming that one in six who doesn’t make it.

Don’t wait for a heart attack. Prevent long-term heart damage. If you live in Rosedale, Elmont, Jamaica, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens or South Jamaica in Queens County, NY, call Queens Heart Institute at 718.949.9400 or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your comprehensive heart health consultation.