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Heart Attack Symptoms That Are Often Unnoticed

Last updated 4 years ago

During a heart attack, seeking medical attention quickly is essential. Fast treatment preserves precious heart tissue and saves lives. However, not every heart attack looks like it does in the movies. Symptoms are often more subtle and may go unnoticed for a dangerously long amount of time. Because getting to the emergency room is so vital during a heart attack, tune in to these symptoms and seek care when they strike.

Upper Body Pain

Chest pain may be the most common sign of a heart attack, but not everyone experiences it. Instead, some people feel discomfort in their necks, jaws, and shoulders. This pain can be mild and nagging to severe, and it may come and go. It’s also important to note that you may have pain in these areas without having chest pain.

Shortness of Breath

It’s natural to get out of breath during a workout, but if you find yourself feeling winded while at rest, your heart could be to blame. During a heart attack, your heart may slow down while the blood pressure around your heart and lungs increases. As a result, you may struggle to catch your breath. Shortness of breath can also be an early indicator of heart disease before a heart attack occurs, so always check this symptom with your doctor.


Many survivors report feeling anxious in the days running up to their heart attacks. Anxiety may be your body’s way of reacting to declining heart function. Feeling anxious in a stressful situation isn’t alarming, but when you’re in an otherwise peaceful setting or doing an activity that usually calms you when anxiety sets in, there could be a problem with your heart function.

Don’t second-guess heart attack symptoms. Go to the emergency room at Palms of Pasadena Hospital for fast diagnosis and treatment. We have the closet emergency room to St. Pete Beach and provide cutting-edge care during and after a heart attack. Our St. Petersburg hospital also offers stroke care, hernia surgery, and a full range of services. Find out more by calling (855) 245-8328. 


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