Mention heart attack and most of us will imagine a man gasping, clutching his chest, and falling to the ground. In reality, the scene may not be that dramatic.

The most common heart attack symptom is chest pain, pressure or discomfort. But you could also be short of breath, sweat, faint, or feel sick to your stomach. Your neck, jaw, or shoulders might hurt.

Men and women can have different symptoms, according to the American Heart Association. Men are more likely to break out in a cold sweat and to feel pain move down their left arm.

Women are more likely than men to have back or neck pain, heartburn, and shortness of breath. They tend to have stomach trouble, including feeling queasy and throwing up. They may also feel very tired, lightheaded, or dizzy. A couple of weeks before a heart attack, a woman might have flu-like symptoms and sleep problems. (WebMD)

Knowing the subtle and early warning signs of a heart attack and seeking quick treatment can help save lives.