Heart Attack Facts

If you think you are having a heart attack, call ‘000’ now

Learn the Warning Signs


It is important to understand that warning signs can vary from person to person and they may not always be sudden or severe.

Although chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom of a heart attack, some people will not experience chest pain at all, while others will experience only mild chest pain or discomfort. Others may experience one symptom, while some experience a combination.

The one thing all heart attacks have in common is that the sooner you receive treatment, the less damage will be done.

Click on the symptom below to learn the Warning Signs.

If you experience the warning signs of heart attack for 10 minutes, if they are severe or get progressively worse, call Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for individual health advice provided by your doctor or cardiologist (heart specialist).

Roll over the symptoms to learn more about the warning signs of a heart attack.

Jaw

Discomfort or pain in your jaw. You may feel an ache or tightness in and around the lower jaw on either one or both sides. This discomfort can spread from your chest to your jaw.

Neck

Discomfort or pain in your neck. People who have had a heart attack describe a general discomfort in their neck, or a choking or burning feeling in their throat. This discomfort may spread from your chest or shoulders to your neck.

Shoulder(s)

Discomfort or pain in and around one or both of your shoulders. People who have had a heart attack describe feeling a general ache, heaviness or pressure which spreads from their chest to their shoulder(s).

Chest

Discomfort or pain in the centre of your chest. You may feel heaviness, tightness, pressure or a crushing sensation in the centre of the chest. The discomfort may be mild and make you feel generally unwell.

Note: Chest pain that is a sharp and stabbing sensation is generally less associated with having a heart attack.

Back

Discomfort or pain in your back. People who have had a heart attack describe feeling a dull ache in between their shoulder blades. This discomfort can spread from your chest to your back.

Arm(s)

Discomfort, pain, heaviness or uselessness in one or both arms. People who have had a heart attack describe feelings of discomfort, numbness or tingling in their arm(s). This discomfort may spread from your chest to your arm(s).

Nausea

You may feel nauseous or generally unwell while experiencing other heart attack symptoms.

Dizziness

You may feel dizzy or light-headed while experiencing other heart attack symptoms.

Cold Sweat

You may break out in a cold sweat while experiencing other heart attack symptoms.

Shortness of Breath

You may feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing. People who have had a heart attack describe finding it difficult to breathe or take a deep breath due to a tight or constricted feeling in their chest.