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Warning Signs of a Serious Heart Problem

2. Chest Tightness

The prevailing idea is serious chest pain represents the most significant sign of an immediate heart problem. And while that may be the case for some people with significant heart issues, it’s hardly a universal symptom. In fact, often the first sign of a heart attack may not be serious chest pain but simply chest tightness and a general feeling of discomfort.

What this means is that you may not feel like someone is stabbing you in the chest; instead, the sensation might be closer to a feeling of pressure, like someone had placed something really heavy on your ribcage. Alternatively, you may feel like your chest is being pricked or pinched, or even that it’s been scalded by some hot water. In the end, it’s important to recognize that everyone has a different experience when a heart attack first emerges, and that the sensation you feel may be totally unique.

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