Return to Article 9 months ago, Richjandron said... My partner feels as if he is going to have a heart attack very soon. Feeling of doom. Extreme fatigue. And a problematic heart valve issue since childhood is causing us great concern. I took him to get an EKG 2 days ago and it was clean. We found a cardiologist but the appointment is 3 weeks away. Should we go to the hospital? Any help is appreciated 9 months ago, a fellow commenter said... The sad thing is, most insurances today have a 10k or more deductible. You just can't afford to run to ER with these symptoms as most times they are not heart related. Our healthcare system in this country not user friendly unless you are super rich or have golden health insurance. Many times these symptoms are just anxiety, thyroid, hormonal, stress. Sometimes cardiac....many times the ER will send you home after ekg comes back okay. 9 months ago, a fellow commenter said... I have had months and months of every symptom listed on this list minus the excessive sweating. In the past year I have had event recorders and hotter monitor tests and EKGs done that have shown no heart issues at all, yet I experience all these symptoms. I'm a 22 year old female at a normal weight of 117 lbs. do you think this is more likely really bad anxiety, or potentially heart attack warning signs? 10 months ago, Edwin Vega said... My heart rate is normal but I sometimes feel chest pain but I don't know if its anxiety causing it or a heart attack and I bearly even feel chest pains anymore. My chest pain started when I drank some coffee and since then my chest pain is still going. Should I worry about this? Please help! about 1 year ago, a fellow commenter said... I have all those symptoms but the unusual excessive sweating, does that mean I'm at risk of having a heart attack? about 1 year ago, a fellow commenter said... Within the last 2 weeks I feel as if I can't get enough air in my lungs, also feels like I have gas on my stomach and if I could get sick it would feel better. This happens every time I drink anything (including water) and or eat. Could me coming off of my pain medication and antidepressants cause this? I have been clean for 2 months. about 1 year ago, LR060310 said... I started out a few weeks/couple of months ago having believed to have felt a lump in my breast i got it checked, (thankfully okay) however i had been woken in the night with a burning pain in my left side under my armpit. I also had feelings (that had gone on for several weeks before) that my left arm just felt heavy, sonetimes warm rushing feeling or cold numb and tingly feeling. Both accompanied with dull constant ache. These come and go and have done for months now. I feel my upper chest, left side just below collar bone feels filled with gas, my chest left side hurts as if been pressured, squeezed. The pain cones from the centre upwards and occasionally accross the top of both my shoulders. Mainly staying on the left. I feel nauseous, i constantly feel like i have heartburn, my appetite is depleted as i feel sick, I cannot get comfortable in bed to sleep because of the pain abd sensation in my arm/chest, mybheart sometimes fastens and i have cold cheeks (recently just come on). I have often in recent weeks gone back to bed feeling drained and exhausted even if i have done little or nothing through the day. I have a busy household but this is why I am more concerned now as my youngest child is only 5 but has conditions. I am going through an anxious time but is it best to still get this checked or just wait to see if what the doctor suggests works and wait for my heart trace in 2 days. over 1 year ago, Ensmartened said... I occasionally experience chest pain that gets worse, starts to go away and comes back. It has only lasted longer than 10 minutes, once. That time, the pain radiated to my left shoulder and jaw. I was told by a nurse that if it didn't last longer than 15 minutes, it's nothing to worry about but I'm not so sure. I had chest pain again yesterday but again, it only lasted a few minutes. It almost always happens when I'm at rest and woke me up twice in one night. Should I worry about this? almost 2 years ago, Tammy085 said... Ok, so I have been to the doctor and er. I have many of the signs above but today have had a consistent dull ache in my chest and shoulder. I don't want to jump the gun though because I have so much stress right now. I don't want to go to the ER just to have them laugh at me cuz it's stress. Idk what to do. almost 2 years ago, kowalem said... can gas like burping excessively and sweating profusely at work till my hair is drenched (I attribute it to no flow of air on the second floor at work, they turn off the air at 4pm) so I dont have to be exerting myself to sweat. I have episodes of gas occaisionally like today an burp constant. A little tightness in the chest area. My arm is bad with degenerative arthritis and my shoulder is pretty much gone, but the pain comes and goes I dont know if it is the weather but sometimes it hurts so bad all the way down my right arm back of the shoulder.and to the hand that I cannot function. I am 65 and under considerable stress with no partner or home of my own and work strenousely as a custodian and need to retire. Suggestions anyone of perhaps heart problems unawares. about 2 years ago, Lbenedetti said... I'm reading this because this morning, I was reading and it felt like my heart was having a spasm, starting at the bottom and worked to the top, lasting longer than any svt I've ever experienced and though I tried to cough, I couldn't. Almost immediately I had the urge to deficate and its been over 5 hours and I still feel the need to go, though I can't. I've had a couple of little cramps since in my chest, like gas, not really painful, but the dizziness, neck pain, headache and left ear pain that has come and gone, becoming irritating. I'm on toprol as a beta blocker , I took aspirin, just trying to figure out if I should call 911, drive myself to the ER or give it time as I've not been diagnosed with any other cardiac issues and of course, I don't want to freak out my 11 yr old daughter. Just wondering if this could be an episode of afib or if that feeling was not my heart but maybe gastric.. The feeling of urgency to use the restroom is most bothersome.. about 2 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Stop eating sugar! Then cut out fatty foods. Eat more plants and vegetables. Enough said! about 2 years ago, connect said... I have my sister, she is just diagnosed heart problem. She is given medication from hospital and will go to hospital on Thursday again. And the doctors from Cecilia Makhiwane are highly recommending her to be admitted on her check up. Please help in terms of diet and sitting posture and more medication. She is suffering most on short breath and her chest sounds like she have an asthma. about 2 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Just had some kind of episode. Started shaking and sweating pain down both arms and shortness of breath. Can't deside if I shou go to e.r. Feeling a little better over 2 years ago, a fellow commenter said... My friend started feeling chest pains at work where she is a nurse. Proceeded to the emergency room. Had two heart attacks and die within four hours. 45 year old female in England. over 2 years ago, lady S said... I have been in bed for sixty days with fatigue but insomnia, chest pain, cold extremities and an impending sense of doom! I am being somewhat dismissed as a drama queen but I feel awful! over 2 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Great article with detail information and reasoning beyond the symptoms so it's easier to remember and explain to someone. over 2 years ago, Dhoffman said... I have all these symptoms... over 2 years ago, Nuala mahonrodriguez said... Oh my god, this sounds just like what happend my dear husband, he'd been saying ah it's only heart burn and then he died suddenly before our eyes, we done cpr, but to no avail, oh god we lost him 43 days ago and im so so lost without him he was only 56 years old, i miss him so much he has taken a my heart with him, life is so unfair. over 2 years ago, drgelb said... all except last one. I'll contact Dr. immediately..drgelb over 2 years ago, a fellow commenter said... read this after having a heart attack at 42 years old , not overweight at all , fit but not very active due to a bad back , first symptom i had was pain in my face like a massive tooth ache ,3 hours later i was having stents in my heart. now 10 months later i am starting to suffer pain in my left arm and shoulder and in my mind i think this may be the signs of heart attack number 2. the warning signs on this page are true so take heed , no matter how old ,weight fitness etc ,anyone can have a heart attack ! almost 3 years ago, julie dutter said... I'm writing to say the article I read took a few minutes, and saved my life. I am in the know more than I was 5minutes ago. Thank you about 3 years ago, searay said... i have a lot of stress my daughter has been in the hospital. my dr. put me on meloxicam for arthritis . i was cleaning house and had to stop my heart started racing then i got indigestion and my shoulder hurts. i took a break so lying down now i feel better the antacid is working. over 3 years ago, a fellow commenter said... What do i do if i sometimes get palpitations , especially after exertion , and attimes a feel a big crape at my lower chest , plaese what do i do . thanks Boma over 3 years ago, AimiMedina said... Very informative. Due to there being such varied symptoms, it makes sense why some people misdiagnose that they are having a heart attack. almost 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... The article seems to be a very thorough explanation of symptoms to be concerned about. almost 4 years ago, RKF said... Interesting. Had open heart surgery 2006. Now 85.6 years old. Good time to listen! almost 4 years ago, Diwiyana said... It's good to read about possible symptoms of heart attack, especially the less well known symptoms. But I think the key is, if in doubt, have a doctor check it out. Don't waste time trying to figure it out on your own. Each of these symptoms could be something other than heart attack. It takes an expert to tell. And that doesn't mean a relative or neighbor who once had similar symptoms. almost 4 years ago, Rob the Elder said... Heart attacks can be devastating to the life of the victim, if not the final act of the victim's life. There's no amount of reminding or repeating the warning signals that's excessive. We need to keep them in the forefront of our conscious minds so that we can call them up if the need arises. Robert C. Visconti almost 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... It gave me an idea of what to look for... I'll still wonder when I call and ask questions of the medical personal who answer, but at least I'm that far! about 4 years ago, dane said... This is to all men (or women) who feel an overwhelming tight pressure across the whole chest area: yesterday watching TV I suddenly felt an expansive tension around my whole upper torso in the vicinity of the heart. Although I didn't panic, I did feel extreme concern of course. Lasting about 2 minutes, I paced the floor in wonderment until it subsided. Telling myself that if it repeated itself, I will go to emergency, I settled back into the activities of my evening. Nothing more. Well, this morning I went to the gym as is my usual routine 3-5 times a week, and ended up talking to an older man who was not at all surprised by this occurrence when I told him about it. Now 72 years old (I am 67), he asked me about my blood pressure, and when I said it was normal at about 120-130 over 80-90, he unequivocably told me it had to be gas. Several years ago he had this inexplicable tight pressure feeling in his chest many times, and when he went to his renowned doctor for a full workup in LA, USA at a good clinic, nothing showed as unusual. Nothing! And so they put it down to gas. The next question he asked me is if I ate a lot of vegetables. I said yes, that I ate more veggies than most people by far. Again his head nodded. He repeated, 'It's got to be gas. This tight feeling still happens to me because I eat a lot of vegetables.' Upon thinking further, I told him that I had been experiencing more flatulence than usual in the past couple weeks. Well, there it is, he said. So for any of us who are feeling concerned about this kind of thing, it may not be a strong sign of a heart attack at all. If we are in reasonable shape - not overweight, exercise lots, eat well but including a lot of veggies, and have no history of abnormally high blood pressure, cholesterol or triglycerides - it could just be a lot of gas that accumulates above the diaphram and wants out. Although a visit to one's doctor for a check-up may be in order anyway, I hope this helps some of us. over 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... I have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and atrial fib at the age of 50 a year ago. I have been having bouts of heart racing for very little walking around , chest pain and nauseous episodes often. Could this be my heart? over 4 years ago, whatsnext? said... My husband is stubbord. He has been through alot with Heart attacks, surgery, COPD and diabetes. So his reluctance to check out things with all his doctors is falling on deaf ears. Sometime I do not know what will catch up with him first, his COPD or his heart condition. Both are pretty bad. The last few days he has been talking about pain in his neck and shoulder region, and I know that could be a sign of his heart. He is weaker than usual and states that he knows he is getting worse. Yet he refuses to make any noise about it, except I hear all his moans and complainings. He only associates the heart attack with the arm pain and chest pain. What should I do if that doesn't happen and only the neck pain continues? over 4 years ago, longhorn3376 said... I'm a 54 yr old white male who has been getting severe nausea for the past year. This July, 2012, I found that I have toxic amounts of Cobalt and Chromium in my bloodstream from two Biomet Magnum total hip replacements that were done in '06 & '07. In September of 2012 I was told my Heart was outputting only 30% after two EKG'S, TWO ECHO'S, a Trans Esophageal Electrocardiogram and finally an MRI of my Heart. The nauseating has become severe over the past several weeks causing me to be sick on stomach from any kind of exertion at all such as walking 30 yards or more, washing car with spray nozzle two days ago I threw up several times upon retiring home, walking to car after work had to stop twice then once inside got window down just in time. Found that Mitral valve isn't closing all the way so blood is going backwards into Atrium. Having another TEE done next week in Pittsburgh, then most likely surgery to repair Mitral valve. Then after Heart becomes strong enough for me to be put under will have the hip revision surgeries done which they will remove the metal ball and replace it with a non metal device that won't put Ions of Cobalt / Chromium in my bloodstream poisoning me. COL is 135mg/L, Chr is 71. In July they were 120 & 108.8. Boomer still today sells those Magnum hip prosthesis and advertises a "low amount" of Cobalt that won't affect you! I also suffer from breathlessness as the red blood cells that contain metal particles are not carrying O2 thru the lungs. Metal poisoning from this has attacked all vital organs and has been linked to causing tumors, lung cancers and rashes. Do not let anyone you know get talked into a metal on metal hip replacement because they are young and active. God Bless. over 4 years ago, stl said... Very informative. almost 5 years ago, bond007 said... Had a heart attack 3 years ago and quadruple bypass surgery and this article is right on the mark. almost 5 years ago, a fellow commenter said... ill be sending these on to my relatives who have mentioned similar symptoms almost 5 years ago, estaeheli said... This was an excellent article regarding little known "symptoms that can sound an alert" to a heart condition. The article nowhere insinuates that these symptoms indicate heart disease, just states that they COULD be associated and bear watching. This information could help patients to share symptoms that their health care provider might not ask about, so that less common symptoms are not missed. It also provides the health care provider with more clues when patients come in with unexplained symptoms. This is not for self diagnosis; common sense should remain intact! Discussion of symptoms that have been newly related to heart disease via observation or research simply indicates that we are learning more and more about the diagnosis of heart conditions. almost 5 years ago, povdds said... Nice try, but without data on the strength of the association between the signs/symptoms and actual incidence of a "heart attack," this article seems just too vague, and may be more likely to fuel hypochondria (and anxiety) than to provide meaningful information. almost 5 years ago, saralee said... I have just been told that I had a heart attack in the recent past and looking at these symptoms I am starting to believe my doc. almost 5 years ago, JBronson said... As you said, these are some signs most people would not associate with heart disease. almost 5 years ago, Keep On Livin' said... Any info on heart disease is helpful almost 5 years ago, a fellow commenter said... very elaborate an d anxity reliving article,myself a doctor experincing all almost signs n undergoing investigations for the same thanks for a good article about 5 years ago, gerrisue said... Stuff: !!! $$$'s or LIFE??? GO. TO.THE.ER!!! Try to time it for when your heart is "acting up", and just.GO! Maybe get a little creative symptoms, don't lie, but add in the ones you get along with the irregular heartbeats. This should prompt them to test you properly, and perhaps save your life. Then, make the payments you'll be alive to MAKE, right? Not telling you to be dishonest completely here, you WILL after-all, be paying for every BIT if it, you're just getting them to test you for what you suspect could be KILLING YOU! about 5 years ago, stuffy said... I have irregular heart beats all the time. I also get up with stomach pain and go to bed with stomach pain! The dr. just tells me it gastritis and no big deal. I am over weight,female,57years old. My Father died of a massive heart attack and a few months later my Mother died of congestive heart failure. I do have insurance thru my husbands work but do not have the money to have any tests done! His insurance doesn't pay for testing. I am not able to work so we live pay-check to pay-check. I am so miserable all the time. I also have Fibro & Anklosing Spondilitis. What can a person do in my circumstances with 0 money and I don't qualify for any help?? Please help! about 5 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Laid out nicely, thank you.