Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women: Part 1

Heart disease is often thought of as a man’s disease, but studies prove that heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America.

cardiac-156059_1280Ask anyone about the symptoms of a heart attack and most people will think chest pain. However, heart attack symptoms aren’t so clear cut and actually show up in several different ways, depending on a number of factors: whether you’re a man or a woman, what type of heart disease you have, and how old you are.

Educating yourself on the variety of symptoms that may indicate a heart attack can help save your life or that of a loved one. When a heart attack does strike, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. While women can experience some of the same key indicators, often many experience “silent” symptoms that are easy to miss.

Major symptoms for a woman prior to heart attack might include:

  • Unusual fatigue for several days; or a sudden, severe fatigue
  • Anxiety and sleep disturbances
  • Lightheadedness and/or shortness of breath
  • Indigestion or gas-like pain
  • Upper back or shoulder pain; possibly throat pain
  • Jaw pain or pain that spreads up to the jaw
  • Pressure or pain in the center of the chest, that may spread to the arm

Silent symptoms in women could also include:

  • Mild discomfort in your chest, arms, or jaw that go away after resting
  • Abdominal pain and/or heartburn
  • Skin clamminess

Remember that every heart attack is different, so your symptoms may not fit the cookie-cutter description. If at any time you feel discomfort and are questioning the symptoms it is best to seek a medical professional who can examine you and administer a cardiac marker test.

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