A project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health

Skip Navigation

Womens Health logo

Make The Call: Don't Miss A Beat

The Myth of the "Hollywood Heart Attack"

En Español

How to Spot a Heart Attack in Others

Of course you know what a heart attack looks like:

  • The victim stops what they're doing.
  • Their eyes open wide.
  • They clutch their chest, make some funny noises, and then they collapse to the floor. Right?

Wrong. (Don't believe everything you see on TV.)

In reality, heart attacks are often much tougher to spot from a distance … that's why it's important to know what the signs and symptoms look like—knowing how to spot them can be the difference between a loved one living and dying.

Learn about the real symptoms to look for