Myocardial Infarction – Signs and Symptoms Copy

The signs and symptoms of a Myocardial Infarction can present in a number of ways. One of the most common presentations is chest pain under the sternum. This pain is often described as:

  • Heavy
  • Squeezing
  • Tight
  • Crushing

Pain typically lasts for more than 15 minutes and not relieved by the persons own medication. In 40% of people, pain radiates to the left arm, however other presentations are:

  • Pain in the right arm or shoulder
  • The pain may include both arms
  • Pain can radiate to the neck, uper back and jaw
  • Pain may be felt above the navel but below the sternum. This can be confused with indigestion and not relieved by antacids
  • Deep breathing or coughing does not relieve the pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pale, clammy skin
  • Noticeable sweating
  • Feeling nauseous and/or vomiting
  • A feeling of impending doom

Not all people present with the above signs and symptoms, in particular women who have a history of diabetes or heart failure.

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