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Heart attack signs are different in women

A Woman May Experience a Heart Attack Differently

A woman experiencing a heart attack may feel unusually fatigued.
A woman experiencing a heart attack may feel unusually fatigued.

If you or someone you are with has any of the signs or symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 911 right away.

Emergency medical service staff can begin treatment when they arrive, which can be much sooner than if someone goes by car. Do not drive yourself unless you have absolutely no other choice.

The most common warning sign of heart attack is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to experience other symptoms including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Back or jaw pain

The early signs of heart attacks in women are often overlooked. A study of 500 female heart attack patients found that most experienced these symptoms weeks before their heart attack:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety

If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them. Contact your doctor.


Learn more by downloading Heart Disease in Women and Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms.


More information on this topic is also available through our online health encyclopedia.

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