8. Pain in the shoulder, neck, jaw or arm
Damaged heart tissue or angina — pain from a blocked artery — sends pain signals up and down the spinal cord to junctures with nerves that radiate out from the cervical vertebrae. The pain may travel up the neck to the jaw and even to the ear, or radiate down the shoulder to the arm and hand, or it may center between the shoulder blades. The pain may feel sharp, or it may be a dull ache such as you’d feel with a pulled muscle.
9. Rapid/ Irragular Heartbeat
Sudden, unexplained episodes of rapid, irregular heartbeat and pulse can predate a heart attack by weeks or months. It’s normal for your heart rate to increase when you’re nervous or excited. However, an irregular heartbeat accompanied by an increase in the number of beats per minute — what’s known as supraventricular and ventricular tachycardia — can indicate a serious problem.
It’s important to remember, however, that each heart attack is different. Your symptoms may not fit this cookie-cutter description. If symptoms persist and seem unusual, call your doctor to talk through your concerns. The sooner you get help for a heart attack, the better your chances for a complete recovery. Unfortunately, many people hesitate to get help, even if they suspect there’s something wrong. If something feels wrong, get emergency care right away.