When we see a heart attack (referred to clinically as a myocardial infarction [MI]) depicted in films, it’s usually a very obvious pain in the chest that has the victim clutching at their chest. However, an actual heart attack can leave a little more to mystery.
Recognizing that you’re suffering a heart attack early can help you get the medical help you need to limit the damage. Here are 13 more subtle signs that could indicate you’re either having a heart attack or one may be on the way…
Starting From the Back
Your first symptoms of a heart attack may not be in your chest. It could originate from your back, notes the American Heart Association. Women in particular are more likely to experience this particular warning sign.
“Some women experiencing a heart attack describe upper back pressure that feels like squeezing or a rope being tied around them,” says the source.