Heart Attacks in Women

Women often have different symptoms than men. Knowing the difference could save your life.

Classic symptoms –

  • Discomfort, fullness, tightness, squeezing, or pressure in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or comes and goes.
  • Chest pain that radiates to the shoulders, neck, arms, or back.
  • Chest discomfort, accompanied by dizziness, fainting, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath.


Symptoms women often experience-

  • Abdominal or stomach pain.
  • Dizziness, fainting, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath without chest pain.
  • Sudden unexplained weakness, fatigue, or anxiety, especially after exercise.

A recent study shows that sleeplessness may be an early symptom, up to a month before a heart attack.

If you feel several of the symptoms listed above, call 911 immediately. Every minute you delay puts your life at greater risk.

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