I will really miss Tim Russert, the Washington, DC bureau chief for NBC News. He was fair and honest with his opinions and his reporting, and my wife and I always watched “Meet the Press” on Sunday mornings. His death on June 13, at the age of 58, was shocking! The reported cause of death – heart attack!

Russert’s death got me thinking – what are the signs of an impending heart attack? Looking back at some of the medical negligence cases we have handled over the years, and a little medical research, revealed the following signs/symptoms of a potential heart attack:

– pressure and fullness in the chest area which may come and go
– discomfort in the arms, neck, back and jaw
– lightheadedness
– shortness of breath

Interestingly, women may have symptoms different from their male counterparts including sudden sweating, nausea and vomiting.

If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, get to a hospital emergency room immediately and don’t let the ER staff keep you waiting to see a doctor. Your life might just depend on it!

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at