Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

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Many women notice warning signs of a heart attack but choose to ignore them. Participants in an American Heart Association study said they hesitated to call for help because they were uncertain if the signs were serious, they thought they could treat themselves, or they were simply too busy with family demands.

Although men and women may experience common heart attack symptoms, the symptoms of a heart attack in women may include the following signs, some which are unique to women:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts several minutes or goes away and comes back
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • A cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.Become an ambassador for early heart attack care! Click here to become an EHAC deputy.