Just as in women, it’s not always obvious when men are having a heart attack. Some men do experience the telltale signs — clutching the chest, falling to the ground — but other men don’t. According to the American Heart Association, the most common signs of a heart attack in men include:
- Chest discomfort — Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
Minutes matter when it comes to treating a heart attack — don't hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms. Waiting can increase damage to the heart. Learn the warning signs to familiarize yourself in case of an emergency.