8 female symptoms of a heart attack

Fact: The symp­toms of a heart attack in women are dif­fer­ent from those in men. There­fore, you should care­ful­ly read our new arti­cle. Fore­warned is fore­armed.


We often see heart attacks in movies or on TV. The man grabs his chest and falls. How­ev­er, in this case, the blue screen is lying to us. This is espe­cial­ly true for women.

Most often, the symp­toms of a heart attack in women are com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent from the “Hol­ly­wood” pic­ture. Read about it in the new arti­cle of the spe­cial top­ic “Your Health”.

1. Pain and pressure in the chest

Of course, one should not for­get about such a symp­tom as chest pain. It is not very com­mon in women, but it does hap­pen. This is one of the few over­laps between female and male symp­toms of a heart attack.

It is worth pay­ing atten­tion to acute pain in the chest, pres­sure — a feel­ing as if some­one stepped on the chest. And not just to pay atten­tion, but also to see a doc­tor, as this is seri­ous.

2. Shortness of breath

Dur­ing a heart attack, women are more like­ly than men to expe­ri­ence short­ness of breath and breath­ing prob­lems. Dif­fi­cul­ty breath­ing usu­al­ly occurs sud­den­ly, lit­er­al­ly out of the blue. And phys­i­cal activ­i­ty has noth­ing to do with it. You can just sit on a chair and feel that it becomes dif­fi­cult to breathe.


3. Pain in the upper body

Dur­ing a heart attack, pain can occur in the neck, back, jaw, teeth, and even the arms (usu­al­ly on the left), shoul­der blades, or wrists. This is one of the most com­mon symp­toms in women.

Radi­at­ing pain is due to the fact that there are few nerve end­ings in the heart. Much less than, for exam­ple, at the elbow. There­fore, when the heart is not well, a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent area can start to hurt. As a rule, dur­ing a heart attack, pain does not spread down the body, but is local­ized in its upper half.

4. Nausea, vomiting, indigestion

Women are more like­ly than men to expe­ri­ence nau­sea, vom­it­ing, and oth­er “stom­ach” symp­toms, as if they were being poi­soned. Even dur­ing a heart attack, they often expe­ri­ence a feel­ing sim­i­lar to heart­burn.

If you have not eat­en any­thing, but such symp­toms appear, you should con­sult a doc­tor.

5. Flu symptoms

Vague, but just as life-threat­en­ing. Some­times dur­ing a heart attack, suf­fer­ers feel tired and have flu-like symp­toms. There­fore, if there are pre­req­ui­sites and sus­pi­cions of a heart attack, it is bet­ter not to score on the symp­tom, but still con­sult a doc­tor.


6. Dizziness

Light­head­ed­ness, dizzi­ness, and black­outs are a very uncom­mon symp­tom of a heart attack that should be looked out for.

Accord­ing to a study in the jour­nal Cir­cu­la­tion, 39% of women who had a heart attack com­plained of this symp­tom.

In addi­tion, women are much more like­ly than men to lose con­scious­ness dur­ing a heart attack.

7. Fatigue, sleep problems

Most women who have expe­ri­enced a heart attack com­plain that fatigue in this con­di­tion appears out of nowhere, for no appar­ent rea­son. In a study by the Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion, about 70.7% of par­tic­i­pants report­ed expe­ri­enc­ing this symp­tom in the month before a heart attack. It also showed that about half of the par­tic­i­pants expe­ri­enced sleep prob­lems, which also arose from scratch.

8. Cold sweat

Among women, the occur­rence of cold sweat dur­ing a heart attack is nei­ther new nor unusu­al. Be care­ful if you sud­den­ly feel this symp­tom, but you do not have menopause.

In no case do not score on your health. If you notice a sus­pi­cious symp­tom, it is bet­ter to con­sult with the doc­tors once again!

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