Heart attack care in Loudoun County, Virginia

StoneSprings Hospital provides fast, life-saving care for heart attack patients in Northern Virginia and offers comprehensive cardiac care following a heart event. Heart attacks have the ability to cause severe cardiac damage and even sudden cardiac death. Familiarizing yourself with the signs of a heart attack can allow you to take action sooner if you suspect your symptoms are the result of a heart attack. Every minute counts—the sooner you can receive medical treatment the better.

If you suspect you or a loved one are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Heart attack symptoms

  • Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms
  • Pain or discomfort in your back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

Heart attack signs in women

Similarly to men, the most common symptoms of a heart attack in women are chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to experience other common symptoms of heart attack, including:

  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Weakness
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • A burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen
  • Irregular heartbeat

It is important for women to educate themselves on these alternative symptoms. Women are less likely than men to believe they are experiencing a heart attack and are more likely to delay seeking emergency care.