What Are Some Common Side Effects of a Heart Attack?


Common side effects people experience after they have heart attacks include light pains in the chest, depression and anxiety, the American Heart Association says. Any chest pain that occurs after a heart attack requires evaluation by a health care professional.

People who have heart attacks need to ease back into a work routine, NHS Choices adds. It takes several months for some people to return to work after a heart attack. Many doctors recommend people avoid strenuous activity for at least four weeks after a heart attack. Erectile dysfunction is a common side effect of heart attacks and is due to beta-blocker medication and emotional stress. People who worry about having another heart attack in the weeks following the incident are more likely to have anxiety or depression. Some medications that prevent future heart attacks cause excessive bleeding as well as fatigue and slow heartbeat. Side effects of statin medications include constipation and abdominal pain.

Chest pain is normal after a heart attack, especially after physical activity or eating, the American Heart Association explains. Any pain that is severe, or does not improve, requires immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of heart attacks include pain or mild discomfort in the chest area or pain around the shoulders and jaw, Mayo Clinic says. Shortness of breath, lightheadedness and nausea are other common side effects of heart attacks. Heart attack symptoms vary by person, and require immediate medical assistance.