Symptoms of Serious Health Conditions

This information shows some symptoms that could be signs of serious health conditions, which should be checked by a doctor or nurse. It is important to note that you might feel symptoms in one part of your body that could actually mean a problem in another part. Even if the symptoms don't seem related, they could be. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor. Listen to what your body is telling you, and be sure to describe every symptom in detail to your doctor.

Signs of a heart attack

Some symptoms of a heart attack can happen a month or so before the heart attack.

Before a heart attack, women have had these symptoms:

During a heart attack, women have had these symptoms:

  • pain or discomfort in the center of the chest
  • pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness

If you have any of these symptoms, go to an emergency room right away or call 911.

For more, please read the Heart Attack Prevention and Heart Attack articles.

Signs of a stroke