Sometimes the signs of a heart attack or stroke are obvious. Sometimes they aren't. Here are lists of the "classic" and not-so-classic signs of each. If you If you notice one or more of the signs below in yourself or someone else, or you're really worried that you or someone you are with is having a heart attack, call 911 or your local emergency number right away. Better safe than sorry.
Heart attack warning signs
Pain, squeezing, fullness, burning, tightness, or uncomfortable pressure in the center of the chest
Pain, numbness, pinching, prickling, or other uncomfortable sensations in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
Sudden nausea or vomiting or unexplained indigestion
Lightheadedness or dizziness
Sudden heat or flushing, or a cold sweat
Heaviness, weakness, or pain in one or both arms
Racing or fluttering heart
Stroke warning signs
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden problem with walking, loss of balance, or coordination
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Cardiac arrest warning signs
Sudden collapse with no response
Absence of normal breathing
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