Most patients describe the pain of a heart attack
to be like a pressure, or the feeling of an elephant sitting on their chest instead of a "stabbing" pain. When the heart doesn't get enough oxygen
, it causes this pain, because lactic acid builds up and irritates the nerves. Patients with diabetes
often have nerve damage
or neuropathy, so they sometimes can't even feel it, and women often feel pain in their back or arm or jaw instead of their chest!