Medicine: When a Heart Attack Hits ...

Sometimes it begins with a mild discomfort in the chest. Other times the pain may be excruciatingly severe, holding the chest in a viselike grip.

The ache, usually persistent, may radiate down the left shoulder and arm, and perhaps also affect the neck, jaw or back. The victim may become extremely short of breath, break into a cold sweat, feel weak and nauseated and possibly vomit. Along with these signs and symptoms, there may be palpitations. The face can turn a ghastly gray, and the patient may experience anxiety, even a sense of impending doom....

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