Pressure can be so great you can’t breath — but can also feel mild and more akin to heartburn than a Hollywood-style heart attack.
Or your back, neck, and stomach. Nerve pathways leading from your heart may heaviness or numbness in other parts of your body.
Experts aren’t exactly sure why, but it’s possible heart attacks stimulate the vagus nerve or other nearby nerves which can upset your stomach.
Exercise lowers blood pressure while boosting energy. Aim for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Too much to start? Just 15 minutes of daily walking can help.
Cold sweats are a hallmark of heart attacks, possibly an indication of your nervous system’s response to pain, or a reaction to a spike in blood pressure.
One in five people who have a heart attack have no symptoms at all, or symptoms so mild it feels like indigestion. Women are more likely to have silent heart attack than men.