Learn the Heart Attack SignsIf you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, even if you are not sure, call 911 immediately. Heart Attack Signs
Provider ReferralsIf you are a provider who would like to refer a patient for MaineHealth cardiac services, please review our clinical guidelines and call 207-773-8161. Clinical Guidelines
How will I know if I'm having a heart attack?
Symptoms may start with mild discomfort. Because people are not sure about what’s happening, they may wait too long to get help. Other heart attack symptoms include:
- Chest discomfort (pressure, squeezing, fullness) that goes away and comes back
- Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, shoulder or stomach
- Losing your breath
- Feeling dizzy
- Cold sweat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling overly tired
If you are having heart attack symptoms, call 911 and get medical help right away.
Am I at risk for a heart attack?
Some people are at a higher risk of having a heart attack. These heart attack risk factors include:
- Previous heart attack or angina
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Not being physically active
- Early menopause
- Being overweight
- Family history of heart disease, father or brother diagnosed before age 55, mother or sister diagnosed before age 65.
Lifestyle changes such as quitting tobacco, getting regular exercise, and eating healthy foods, can lower your risk for heart attack.