Signs of a mild heart attack

Updated February 21, 2017

Knowing and recognising the signs of a heart attack can save a person's life. If the signs are detected soon enough, what could be a serious heart attack can turn into a mild heart attack. The signs of a heart attack can be slightly different for women than for men. The early signs of a heart attack might also be less noticeable for a woman than for a man.


Nausea and vomiting is one sign of a possible heart attack.


Unusual or excessive sweating is one sign of a possible heart attack.


Pains in the arm, shoulder, back, and jaw line are all signs of a possible heart attack. A squeezing pain in the centre of the chest is another sign. If the pain in the chest becomes an increasing episode, one should suspect a heart attack.


Experiencing a shortening of breath is a sign of a possible heart attack. Another sign is anxiety or a feeling of impending doom.


While women might experience some of the same signs of an impending heart attack as a man, there are other symptoms that are typical for a woman. These include dizziness or lightheadedness, clammy skin, heartburn or stomach pains, and exhaustion.

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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.