How To Know When Someone Is Having A Heart Attack

How To Know When Someone Is Having A Heart Attack

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - 05/07/2018 — You’ve seen it dramatized in movies and television: a man clutches his chest in pain and keels over from a heart attack. However, this chest pain and then loss of consciousness, like many things in Hollywood, doesn’t reflect the real, often subtle, signs of a heart attack.

In reality there are other signs and symptoms of a heart attack you should be aware of to be able to quickly identify if you or someone around you is experiencing a heart attack as it’s crucial to get medical attention as soon a possible.

“We’ve had clients who thought they just had indigestion,” said Brad Pleavin, Associate Lawyer at Share Lawyers, “and then it’s not until they are at the hospital until they’re told they’re having a heart attack.”

Pleavin’s worked with clients who’ve experience major cardiac events, and find themselves needing long term disability benefits to recover from surgeries, procedures, or implementing lifestyle changes in order to live more healthily. “A lot of the time it’s a wake up call about their health,” continues Pleavin, “and making sure they get the benefits they need to recover and be well is what Share Lawyers is passionate about.”


Chest Discomfort: Many heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. They can last more than a few minutes, or can go away and come back intermittently.

Discomfort in the Upper Areas of the Body: Pain or discomfort can also exist in both of the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

Shortness of Breath: A shortness of breath or difficulty breathing can be a sign of a heart attack - with or without chest or upper body discomfort. It can also be accompanied by wheezing or coughing.

Cold Sweat: Experiencing a cold sweat without a change in temperature or physical exertion can be a symptom of a heart attack.

Nausea: Many people experiencing a heart attack can feel nauseous or feel as though they could vomit.

Lightheadedness and Dizziness: Feeling dizzy, disoriented, and light headed are all sings of a heart attack.


Women are less likely than men to experience the “classic” signs of a heart attack - such as chest pain and pressure in the arms - which is why it’s so essential to identify the more subtle signs. More common signs of a heart attack in women are:

Stomach Pain: Many women mistake stomach pain accompanying a heart attack with heartburn, flu, or a stomach ulcer. Women suffering a heart attack often experience severe abdominal pressure that feels like something large and heavy sitting on their stomach.

Fatigue: Some women who have a heart attack can feel very tired, even while sitting or lying down. Simple activities like walking across a room can be extremely difficult.

Sweating: Though this can also be a sign of a cardiac episode in men, it’s often ignored in women as they may mistake it for a hot flash brought on by menopause.

Vomiting: Nausea when having a heart attack is experienced more by women than by men, and is accompanied by vomiting.

The more of these symptoms you are experiencing at the same time the more likely it is you are having a heart attack. If so, call 9-1-1 immediately for help. Always remember to err on the side of caution if you are unwell.

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