Can heart attack symptoms occur over the course of a few days?

Rocioperez asked...

My father has some of the heart attack symtoms but of course he says they are nothing important. When some one is about to have a heart attack do all the symtoms happen at once or can the swelling be today, the arm pain tomorrow, and the trowing up the next?

Expert Answer

Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40 years of nursing experience in Cardiology between them. The main goal of their work is to counsel, motivate and empower women to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.

Many people experience warning signs of a heart attack several days or even weeks before a heart attack. Shortness of breath, chest pain or chest discomfort, neck/shoulder or upper back pain/discomfort, nausea, overwhelming fatigue, numbness/tingling in hands can be some of the symptoms of a heart attack. It is best to have these symptoms checked, do not ingnore them.