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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.

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.

Warning Signs Of A Heart Attack

Did you know that almost every 34 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack? That’s an alarming number. A heart attack occurs when coronary arteries become narrow and/or blocked over time. In order to survive a heart attack, the heart must have a continuous supply of oxygen.

body-116585_1280Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack can literally save your life. While some heart attacks come on suddenly and are intense, most start slowly with only mild pain and discomfit that is easily overlooked. Knowing the signs and catching a heart attack early can mean the difference between life and death. Here is a list of common symptoms to be aware of:

Discomfort in chest: Discomfort in the middle or on the left side of the chest is common in most heart attacks. This pain or discomfort, described as uncomfortable pressure or squeezing in the chest area, can last for a few minutes or go away and come back repeatedly. Heart-attack-related chest pain has also been compared to heartburn or indigestion. Discomfort is also commonly felt in one or both arms, as well in the back, neck, and/or jaw.

Shortness of breath: Difficulty catching your breath can occur with or without chest pain and can be an early sign of a heart attack, especially if it occurs when you are resting or engaged in minimal physical activity.

Other symptoms include lightheadedness, dizziness, and unexplained sweating as well as stomach pain – usually in the upper part of the stomach, above the belly button – nausea and/or vomiting. If you are experiencing symptoms but aren’t sure if it’s a heart attack, call 911 or contact your doctor. They can run preliminary tests; including a cardiac marker test in hopes of preventing an attack and saving your life.