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Heart & Vascular

Heart Attack & Stroke Symptoms

Don't wait too long before getting help! While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, others start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

These symptoms, however, are typical for middle-aged men and not necessarily for women. 

Women are more likely to have the following symptoms:

  • Discomfort above the waist brought on by strain (including back, shoulders, arms or jaw)
  • Nausea and vomiting, fatigue
  • Shortness of breath (trouble catching your breath)
  • Arm and/or chest pain

Stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Are you at risk? Find out more by talking to your physician or cardiologist. 

Kettering Physician Network cardiologists are Ohio's top choice for heart care. Our cardiovascular experts treat all forms of heart disease and provide the most advanced comprehensive cardiovascular care to help you maintain a healthy and active life. 

Kettering Physician Network Cardiovascular Care offers 28 conveniently located offices and more than 50 highly skilled cardiovascular specialists throughout the greater Dayton area. Make an appointment with a Kettering Health Medical Group cardiovascular specialist today. 

Trust Ohio's Best! Kettering Health is #1 in Ohio for Medical Excellence for Heart Care.