How long do heart attack symptoms last?


Symptoms of a heart attack usually last for 30 minutes or more, according to WebMD. The symptoms may disappear for a while and then return in some people. These symptoms typically do not improve with rest or by placing nitroglycerin under the tongue.

A number of symptoms are associated with a heart attack. Some of the most common include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Upper body pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sweating

Although many heart attacks begin with subtle symptoms, or symptoms that come and go, anyone who is experiencing them should seek medical advice immediately.

It is also possible to have a heart attack without accompanying symptoms, which is known as a "silent" myocardial infarction. Although a silent MI can affect anyone, it is especially common in people with diabetes.

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