We've all seen what a heart attack looks like in movies and on TV. A man clutches his chest in severe pain and (in some cases) keels over. That's not how most heart attacks happen.
They're more likely to start slowly with milder pain in the chest,. And instead of chest pain, some people report:
PRESSURE, squeezing, or a sense of fullness in the chest. It usually lasts more than a few minutes, or it may go away and return.
DISCOMFORT or pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
SHORTNESS of breath.
OTHER SIGNS like breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
Women are more likely than men to experience nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, or pain in the back of the jaw.
In any case, the bottom line is the same for men and women: don't wait more than 5 minutes before calling 9-1-1.
(Don't drive to the hospital yourself. You can get life-saving treatment in an ambulance, and you get there quicker.)