Yes, it is true. The heart attack symptoms for a woman are different from a man’s symptoms. Women may also have other symptoms other just pain and general discomfort. After breast cancer, hear attacks are the main cause of a woman dying. Women who are at the highest risk of having a heart attack are usually women who are over-weight and have a high cholesterol level. In addition due to the changes in their estrogen level women after menopause are more vulnerable to having a heart attack. Each person, whether man or woman, may experience different heart attack symptoms along with different intensity in the symptoms. Most people think that when a person starts to have chest pain they are having a heart attack but that is not always true because many people do not experience that symptom. Heart attacks can happen at any age but in men it usually happens after the age of forty-five and women it is usually after the age of fifty.
Heart attack symptoms in men
- Pain or discomfort in their chest—although most people do not have chest “pain” they may experience a mild discomfort that last for a few minutes and then disappear. This pain can come and go. This uneasiness is usually experienced in the center of a person’s chest and is neglected or ignored by most people. They feel it is just pain caused by anxiety or indigestion. In some people the discomfort they feel could be accompanied by pressure, fullness, pain the chest that could be severe or mild in nature, or having a squeezing sensation feeling.
- Having pain in the upper body—it is common to feel pain in your jaw, back, arms, neck, or teeth. For many it is easy to ignore these symptoms and just make them a part of their daily life. People do not realize that these heart attack symptoms are the ones that are most common with a pending heart attack. Many times there is no pain in the chest area but instead there is a nagging pain in some of these areas.
- Pain in the stomach—this is another common pain or symptom that is associated with a heart attack but many people do not consider it to be important and will not immediately seek medical assistance. When a person is having a heart attack the pressure that a person feels in their chest goes down to the upper abdomen. You may also have heartburn which many confuse with acidity or indigestion.
- Being short of breath—this symptoms is one that should be considered one of the first warning signs which can be felt even before you feel any other discomfort. You may find yourself panting; find it very difficult to breathe or trying to inhale deeply. This symptom can happen because of an insufficient supply of blood to your heart. This is usually because of having a blockage of your coronary arteries.
- Lightheadedness, sweating. nausea—sweating is another common symptom of having a heart attack. A person could experience cold sweats which can make your skin feel clammy. You may also have a feeling of lightheadedness, nausea and vomiting. There are some people who feel so dizzy that they think they are going to faint.
- Feeling anxious—most people when having a heart attack start to feel anxious like they are experiencing a panic attack
Heart attack symptoms in women
Prior to having a heart attack a woman many experience some major symptoms such as:
- Sleep disturbances
- Unusual fatigue
- Shortness of breath that is not accompanied by pain in the chest
Before a woman has a heart attack there are three common symptoms that are usually seen which are shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, and weakness. Other common heart attack symptoms that are seen in women may include:
- Having a tightness in their chest
- A loss of consciousness or sudden dizziness
- Having a feeling of indigestion or heartburn
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- Having nausea, cold sweats, and symptoms that are flu-like
- Unexplained fatigue and weakness
- Having a feeling of anxiety
- General discomfort
- Loss of appetite
- Having pain in the lower jaw, upper back, neck, and shoulder
- Having a sense of impending doom.
Common heart attack symptoms in both men and women
- Pain in the chest
- Pressure or discomfort in the chest
- Pain in the upper body
- Having a shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
Although these are common heart attack symptoms they are usually more severe in men than they are in women. When you understand the early symptoms of having a heart attack makes it easier for the physician to make an accurate diagnosis.