Signs of Women Having Heart Attacks


(Modern – What Sign Does a Woman Exhibit When She is Having a Heart Attack?

  • Loss of Hearing
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Tingling in Extremities

Answer: Extreme Fatigue. Here’s why…

The leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States is heart disease. In fact, 655,000 people die from heart disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is one death every 36 seconds attributed to cardiovascular disease.

These statistics are perfect examples of why learning to recognize the symptoms of heart conditions, such as a heart attack, is so important. Surprising as it may be, the signs of a heart attack are actually different between men and women. So what do the symptoms of a heart attack in women look like?

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Both women and men can experience chest pressure as a symptom of a heart attack. However, women don’t always experience this type of discomfort. Truth be told, sometimes the symptoms in women are so subtle that even doctors miss them.

In the following video, the Mayo Clinic explains the symptoms a woman may experience during a heart attack:

As the video describes, the heart attack symptoms a woman may experience include:

  • Chest pain, though the pain may develop elsewhere, such as in the jaw, shoulder, neck, arm, back, or abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Cold sweats
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fainting

Since the symptoms of a heart attack are often more subtle for women, many ignore the signs or attribute them to other, less severe conditions such as acid reflux, stress, or even the flu. Some women may suspect they are having a heart attack, but simply take an aspirin rather than seeking medical help. These are mistakes that could prove fatal.

Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack, and taking action when they occur, can save a person’s life. To see the symptoms of a heart attack in men, check out our article here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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