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How to Tell if Your Chest Pain is a Heart Attack

In a 2003 study published in the journal Circulation, only 30 percent of women who'd had heart attacks said they had experienced any chest pain. Worrisome symptoms in women are often much subtler than they are in men. So pay attention to these possible signs.

Dizziness: It's a sign that your heart isn't pumping enough blood to your brain.

Fatigue: A weakened heart muscle can't pump enough oxygen for the body to function efficiently, so you feel tired.

Nausea: It could indicate that your blood pressure has plummeted and be accompanied by clamminess and sweat.

Pain in upper back, upper abdomen, or lower chest: Another sign that your heart can't pump blood where you need it.

Shortness of breath during normal activities: The heart's pumping action weakens as blood flow to the heart diminishes.

But we all feel tired, dizzy, or short of breath sometimes. When should you worry? "If you have shortness of breath walking up stairs on one day, it's probably not a problem," says Nieca Goldberg, M.D., a cardiologist in New York City. "But if it starts out once a week, then goes to three times a week, and on, you should get checked out." If you start to experience any or all of these symptoms while at rest, you may be having a heart attack or be on the verge. In that case, it's time to head for the nearest ER or call 911.
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