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What does a heart attack feel like?

If you are experiencing a heart attack, you most likely feel discomfort, squeezing, and pain in the chest. You may also feel pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or abdomen. Shortness of breath is common when having a heart attack, even if you aren’t having any chest pain. You may experience nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, and cold sweat. You may also experience a burning sensation around your chest, arms, jaw and neck. Women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain than men, who are more likely to experience chest pain.

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