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Any pain that lasts for more than 20 minutes.

1. A tight band on the chest and just below the breastbone
2. Back pain
3. Abdominal pain
4. Pain in the arms and shoulder
5. Pain in the neck, teeth and jaw
6. Pain similar to angina but not relieved by rest or nitro-glycerine
Pain that may be described as:ยท 'Bad indigestion'.
7. Shortness of breath
8. Cough
9. Light-headedness or a dizzy feeling
10. Fainting
11. Nausea
12. Vomiting
13. Sweating, may be profuse (diaphoresis)
14. Dry mouth
15. Feeling of 'impending doom'
16. Anxiety
17. Breathing difficulty, lying down
What is the treatment recommended, if you have a heart attack?
An ECG, single or repeated over 2 to 3 days, often shows MI. Indications of MI and the extent of heart damage may show in the following tests:
18. Coronary angiography
19. Nuclear ventriculography (MUGA or RNV).
20. Echocardiography


The goal of treatment is to decrease the demands on the heart so that it can heal, and to prevent and treat complications. Activity may be restricted initially and then gradually increased.Acute MI requires hospitalisation for 1 to 14 days. Treatment may include the need for intensive care and may involve emergency surgery. Oxygen is usually given, even if blood oxygen levels are normal. This makes oxygen readily available to the tissues of the body and reduces the workload of the heart.

Surgical interventions may be necessary. Emergency angioplasty may be required to open blocked coronary arteries. Emergency coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) may be required in some cases.