Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women: Part II

Many instances of heart attacks start out slowly in both men and women and present themselves in mild symptoms. For those heart attacks that start slowly, early symptoms may include the following:

  • body-116585_1280Mild pain or discomfort in the chest that may come and go—also called “stuttering” chest pain
  • Pain in the shoulders, neck, and jaw
  • Nausea and vomiting, sweating
  • Lightheadedness, fainting
  • A feeling of “impending doom”
  • Severe anxiety or confusion
  • Breathlessness

According to the American Heart Association, a man’s risk of heart attack increases significantly after the age of 45. A family history of heart disease plus other risk factors like high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, cigarette smoking, and overweight can increase that risk even more.

Common symptoms in men include:

  • Standard chest pain that feels like “an elephant” is sitting on your chest; the squeezing sensation may come and go, or may be constant and intense
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath—you feel like you can’t get enough air, even when you’re resting
  • Dizziness, or feeling like you’re going to pass out
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Stomach discomfort that feels like indigestion

According to the Society of Chest Pain Centers, early heart attack symptoms occur in 50 percent of all heart attack patients, and if people are aware of the symptoms, they can actually prevent the heart attack itself.

The sooner you can get help for a heart attack, the better your chances for a complete recovery. Don’t hesitate or question yourself. If you feel any symptoms, it’s always best to seek immediate care from your physician or a hospital emergency services where they can examine you and run a cardiac marker test to fully evaluate your medical situation.

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