Women’s heart attack symptoms can be different from men

Women may have the “crushing” chest pain often described when having a heart attack, but often they do not have the same chest pain symptoms as a man.

Instead, some women may call their doctor or go to the Emergency department with a vague pain in their chest or upper back. “It’s not really a pain,” they sometimes say, although some women do experience pressure or heaviness in the chest.

Some women experience nausea, sometimes associated with other symptoms, while others experience sudden breathing difficulties while doing simple tasks.

We have even seen women who suddenly experience extreme weakness or fatigue while having a heart attack.

Other symptoms include:

  • Discomfort in the chest, commonly mistaken as heartburn
  • Pain in the back, shoulders, arms, neck, throat or jaw
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Sweating

The best advice for women is to go to the nearest Emergency department if you experience any of these symptoms suddenly. The problem may not be with your heart, but you will have the reassurance that your symptoms are not life-threatening.

When you need help identifying the signs of a heart attack, phone our award-winning Chest Pain and Stroke Hotline at 1-800-575-1911 to speak with a Western Baptist registered nurse. It’s free and available 24/7.

Read one woman’s experience with a heart attack.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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One Response to Women’s heart attack symptoms can be different from men

  1. Federico Troha says:

    chest pains can be caused by heart disease. You should always consult a doctor when you are suffering from chest pains. :”,;’

    Warm regards http://www.healthmedicinelab.com“>

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