Be Alert about Symptoms of Heart Attack New Delhi, July 09, 2016: "If you aren’t sure whether you have heartburn or something more serious – like a heart attack – you should get yourself checked," said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA. The most common symptom of coronary heart disease is chest pain (angina) or discomfort, which can also occur in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. People may mistake this pain for indigestion, which can be dangerous. Sometimes, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the symptoms of heartburn, angina, and heart attack. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart muscle is severely reduced or stopped. This can result in death or disability, depending on how much of the heart muscle is damaged. Unfortunately, many people may not be aware that they are having a heart attack. There are some useful pointers that might help a person know whether they're having a heart attack or not. However, when in doubt, one should get it checked. Symptoms of a heart attack include the sudden onset of tightness, pressure, squeezing, burning, or discomfort in the chest, throat, neck, or either arm. "When these symptoms are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating, shortness of breath, or a fainting sensation, one should be especially suspicious of having a heart attack. People with any risk factors that may predispose them to a heart attack should be particularly cautious”, added Dr K K Aggarwal. Some clues • Heart attack pain is never pinpointed. • Heart attack pain never lasts less than 30 seconds. • If you smoke, have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, are overweight or have a strong family history of heart disease and have any symptom related to the chest or heart, you should be alert. • If you have first onset of breathlessness or an attack of acidity after the age of 30 do not ignore it.