Spending precious minutes searching for information about heart attack symptoms as you experience them is not wise, doctors say, because "time is heart muscle." If you suspect you're having a heart attack, call for an ambulance immediately. And don't be embarrassed if it turns out you're not.
"It's not always straightforward," says Tomaselli. "If you develop the classic symptoms — pressing chest pain, sweating, nausea — then you're pretty clear that there's a big problem that needs to be dealt with quickly." But, he says, many people, especially women, may develop completely different symptoms when experiencing a heart attack.
Chest pain: Most people do call 911 or get to the hospital if they feel like they've got an elephant sitting on their chest, but even this most common heart attack symptom may be hard to recognize.