What are the symptoms of a heart attack in women?

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Sukhdeep Singh

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Symptoms caused by a heart attack in women can be easily confused with other health problems. For this reason, it is essential to know when you’re in an emergency situation and should seek medical attention.

Scientific studies have shown that unlike men, heart attack in women have different symptoms. In fact, many of the symptoms experienced by women occur very often in life every day, which is why they do not act when their health is in danger.

A very worrying reality that healthcare professionals face is that many women are not able to identify the symptoms caused by a heart attack and not know what they can do to protect against this health problem. When a woman suffers a heart attack, and should she is ignorant about the early symptoms, the probabilities of missing the initial steps of recovery are going to high. In such cases, the concerned person is likely to develop serious complications. Furthermore, symptoms of stroke can be often confused with those caused by other disorders that have nothing to do with heart health.

What are the most common symptoms of heart attacks? Considering the fact that most women cannot identify the symptoms of a heart attack, here I would like to walk you through some the warning signs of stroke in women.

Nausea and Vomiting

Before a heart attack, a woman twice as likely than a man to experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn or indigestion. All these warning signals are often ignored because they may be associated with less severe health problems. But, we must not overlook that these could be indications of a heart attack.


When in a heart attack, you may experience sudden breathing difficulties and you may experience the same even if you are not doing any sort of hard work and you are in a complete state of rest. You may feel that you are choking and you will force yourself to inhale deeply. These symptoms can occur when the heart is unable to pump blood to the body. Thus, blood accumulates in the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe.

Unusual Tiredness

From time to time, you may feel energy and tiredness at the same time-frame. This symptom can appear suddenly and disappear in a few minutes or it could take several days, gradually increasing in intensity. More than half of women who suffer a heart attack experience the same time of fatigue for no apparent reason.

Chest Pain Center

This type of pain is usually very intense and can be described as a feeling that something is crushing your chest. The pain can last a few minutes or can be intermittent. Most likely, you have never experienced any symptoms similar, so you’ll worry immediately. People usually confuse this sort of pain with gastric pain. But, one should never overlook such a clear symbol.

Discomfort At The Top Of The Neck

In a heart attack, you may experience pain or discomfort at the back, neck or jaw. This pain may spread to the arms and upper abdomen. Patients with stones in gallbladder experience the same pain in the middle of the chest, right above the abdomen. And, if you are a patient of the aforesaid category, and you feel this pain spreading, never ignore this.

~ Heart Attack Symptoms~
Extreme Anxiety
Cold Sweat
Feelings of Improper Heart Beat
Changes in the color or purple skin
Pale lips Dizziness

In most cases, a woman starts to experience these symptoms a day or a few hours before a heart attack. But, we cannot ignore the other possibilities as where there are no early symptoms or signals that gradually intensify until the start of the heart attack.

So, how should I act if a heart attack occurs? If you experience the symptoms listed above, you must act immediately to prevent any serious complications. Strokes are much less dangerous if treated in the first few hours of the onset of symptoms. If you experience chest pain that does not seem to be improving, call the emergency or ask a friend or family member to drive you to the emergency room immediately. Do not try to drive by yourself to the hospital because your condition is likely to worsen way and you may have to suffer worse consequences. Even if symptoms disappear after a few minutes, you should still call a doctor to get a proper diagnosis because these problems can be caused by heart disease.

Remember, the faster you get appropriate care, the more you will be able to reduce the chances of experiencing serious complications.