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Symptoms of a heart attack (that don't involve chest pain)

This February keep your heart as healthy and strong as possible in light of American Heart Month.

Almost everyone has heard that a deep discomfort in the center of one's chest can sometimes mean a heart attack will shortly follow. This pain is usually described as an unbearable pressure, like "an elephant is sitting on them." In other cases, the chest pain often associated with heart attacks is more of a burning sensation.

If you ever experience a sudden surge in chest pain, there is no denying that you should call an ambulance immediately, especially if you are a woman; however, chest pains are not the only symptoms that serve as a prelude to this dangerous and all-too-common emergency.

Please seek medical assistance as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms of a heart attack:

Discomfort in other areas of the body. One of the more common heart attack symptoms, aside from chest pain, is a numbing sensation radiating down the left arm. That, however, is not the only other place you may experience discomforting symptoms. If you feel strange sensations in areas such as your back, neck, jaw, or stomach (which can include nausea, indigestion, heartburn and even stomach pains), you may want to consider seeking the opinion of a medical professional – especially if these symptoms come in conjunction with other common heart attack signs.

Shortness of breath. If you find that it is becoming difficult to breathe, or even if you feel like you're suddenly significantly more tired or winded than usual when performing routine activities, you need to call your doctor. This symptom can serve as a warning for both a heart attack and heart disease.

Sweating. If you suddenly start to sweat – especially if your surrounding conditions don't warrant the reaction – it may be time to time to visit the local hospital. These types of sweats are typically referred to as "cold sweats," which feel more stress-related than exercise-or-heat induced.

Lightheadedness, or even fainting. If you become extremely dizzy, or even riddled with anxiety-related symptoms for no apparent reason, it may be your body's way of telling you that something very bad is about to happen. If you've never dealt with anxiety, or if you are unfamiliar with dizzy spells, seek a doctor's help as soon as possible.

While heart attack symptoms can (and often do) vary between individuals and genders, there is no denying that paying close attention to everything that can possibly warrant a check-up is vital to your health. This February keep your heart as healthy and strong as possible in light of American Heart Month.

This article is for informational purposes only. If you think you're having a heart attack, please go to the nearest Emergency Room immediately.

Sinclair Broadcast Group is committed to the health and well-being of our viewers, which is why we initiated Sinclair Cares. Every month we'll bring you information about the "Cause of the Month," including topical information, education, awareness, and prevention. February is American Heart Month.

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