Heart Attack Symptoms for Women vs Men
There was a time when a woman’s concerns around heart attacks centred only on the men in her life. We know now that women are more likely to die from a heart attack gone undetected than breast cancer. Women don’t always get the crushing chest pain that travels down one arm. They may experience that symptom, but are also likely to experience symptoms they’ll miss.
Six symptoms common in women include:
1. chest pain or discomfort – this is the most common heart attack symptom. It may feel like squeezing and can be anywhere in the chest, not just the left side.
2. pain in the arms, back, neck or jaw – this type of pain is more common in women than men. It can be gradual or sudden. It may come and go before becoming intense. It may wake you up.
3. stomach pain – this can be confused with heart burn, flu or stomach ulcer
4. shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness
If you have chest discomfort, especially if you have one or more of the other symptoms, call 911.
Women’s major symptoms prior to their heart attack include:
- Unusual fatigue – 70%
- Sleep disturbance – 48%
- Shortness of breath – 42%
- Indigestion – 39%
- Anxiety – 35%
Major symptoms during the heart attack include:
- Shortness of breath – 58%
- Weakness – 55%
- Unusual fatigue – 43%
- Cold sweat – 39%
- Dizziness – 39%