Unique Symptoms of Women’s Heart Attack

When it comes to heart disease and stroke, women and men are not the same. Their symptoms aren’t either. Women often exhibit different, more subtle symptoms than men. In nearly half of all heart attacks among women, typical male symptoms are not present. Knowing the unique symptoms could reduce your risk. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, please call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

Women of all ages can experience heart attacks. The most common symptom in women is pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But, some women experience a heart attack without chest pain — and, chest pain is not always the most prominent symptom. Women may also experience:

  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue

For more information visit:

American Heart Association

Mayo Clinic