Acute Coronary Syndrome: Symptoms

It's important to seek medical help right away if you have the following signs and symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and think you're having a heart attack:

Most common symptoms of ACS include:

  • Chest pain due to the heart muscle not getting enough blood. Called angina, this discomfort may feel like pressure, burning or tightness. It can occur during exercise, periods of emotional stress, after eating a large meal, or even while you're resting.
  • Pain in other areas; typically the upper arm or jaw
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden, heavy sweating
  • Light-headedness

Specifically for women, other signs may include:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort similar to that of heartburn
  • Clammy skin
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Unusual or unexplained fatigue

Make sure you report all your symptoms to your doctor as they appear or subside. Together, you and your healthcare team can best manage your disease to help you stay as active and pain-free as possible.