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Is tiredness a symptom of a heart attack?

That fatigue you have been feeling could be more than just a sign of being overworked or not getting enough sleep: it could be a symptom of a heart attack.

A heart attack often causes crushing pressure and pain in the chest, but it is possible to have a heart attack without experiencing such obvious symptoms, particularly for women. Tiredness, or fatigue, is one of the more subtle symptoms of a heart attack. You may also experience a feeling of fullness or tightness in the chest, or pain in the arms, shoulder, stomach area, jaw or back. The pain may be mild or severe, and can even feel like indigestion. Other symptoms include sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and lightheadedness.

Fatigue can be a warning sign for any number of illnesses. Or it really could just be that you are overworked or not getting enough sleep. However, if you experience sudden, severe fatigue, especially when you exert yourself with physical activity, seek emergency medical attention right away, particularly if you feel it in combination with any of the other symptoms listed above.

Do not be embarrassed about seeking treatment. If your tiredness is not a heart attack, then it is still important to identify any physical or psychological causes. If it is a heart attack, seeking treatment could save your life.

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