When it comes to a heart attack, the symptoms women experience can sometimes be surprisingly different than the symptoms men suffer.
Heart attack symptoms in women are not necessarily what you think they might be. Signs can vary from person to person, range in intensity, easily be mistakenly dismissed as something far less serious and be somewhat different from the signs that typically occur in men. It’s important to know the signs and be aware that what you might be ready to write off as the flu, indigestion, being out of shape or overly tired, could indeed be something much more serious. Here are some of the symptoms that women may experience:
- the absence of pain or pressure throughout the chest
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing even without exerting yourself
- constant or reoccurring pain or pressure in the center of the chest, low in the chest or high in the abdomen
- nausea and even vomiting
- skin feeling clammy or sweaty
- weakness, fainting or dizziness
- pain in the back, arm(s), neck or jaw
- a feeling of anxiety
- trouble sleeping
- a feeling of complete fatigue
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States, so recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack is critically important and can help save your life. If you believe you might be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. To learn more about heart health, talk to your doctor, visit Plaza Heart online or call us at (817) 877-5292.