What causes sweating during a heart attack?

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What causes sweating during a heart attack?


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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.

Sweating during a heart attack is usually caused by overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is what causes your "fight or flight" response. When someone starts to experience pain such as pain with a heart attack hormones are released. These hormones cause the heart rate to go faster, blood pressure to increase and can lead to sweating.