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What are the symptoms of a mini heart attack?

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The symptoms of a mini heart attack are chest discomfort that lasts for a few minutes, discomfort in other areas of the body such as the arms or jaw, difficulty breathing, feeling nauseous or light-headed, a racing heart and cold sweats, according to the American Heart Association.

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What are the symptoms of a mini heart attack?
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Some medical conditions, such as takotsubo syndrome, angina, gastroesophageal reflux disease, pulmonary embolism, aortic dissection and musculoskeletal pain can imitate the symptoms of a mini heart attack, explains Seconds Count. All of these medical conditions' symptoms include chest pain and some, such as aortic dissection, can cause a heart attack. Women are more likely than men to experience difficulty breathing, upper body pain, and nausea.

A heart attack can be a symptom of an underlying disease such as coronary artery disease, according to the American Heart Association. The patient's physician can test for arterial clots using non-invasive and invasive procedures such as thrombolysis. An ECG or EKG can test for damage to the heart.

The CDC explains that almost 750,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. It is important that those experiencing a mini heart attack contact 911 or their physician immediately because every second counts. Identifying the warning signs of a heart attack can save lives, as almost half of all heart attack deaths happen outside of a hospital.

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