- Chest Pain or Discomfort. Women can experience this common symptom of chest pain but may experience it differently than men. Instead of pain, it may feel like a squeezing or fullness, like a vise. The pain can be anywhere in the chest, not just on the left side.
- Pain in your Arms, Back, Neck, or Jaw. More common in women than in men, this type of pain can be confusing for those who expect only left side chest pain in a heart situation. This pain can come on suddenly or be gradual or sudden, and it can wax and wane.
- Stomach Pain or Nausea. Stomach pain or pressure is often mistaken for heartburn or an ulcer when it is actually an indication of a heart attack. Be alert for any stomach pain issues that are out of the ordinary for you.
- Excessive Fatigue. Some women who are having or have had a heart attack report feeling extremely tired even if they have had a sedentary day. Simple tasks like walking around the house will feel insurmountable.
- Shortness of Breath or Lightheadedness. If you are having trouble breathing without an obvious cause like exercise, it could be a heart attack, especially if combined with other symptoms.
- Sweating. Breaking out in a nervous, cold sweat is common among women who are having a heart attack. It feels differently that sweat from exercise, more like sweating in a stressful situation.
Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms but if you experience more than one, it is definitely a good idea to get checked out by a medical professional. The most important symptoms is your gut instinct, if you know something isn't right, you are likely correct. While women's heart issues are becoming more recognized, some doctors might need a little prompting to take your concerns seriously. Push for necessary tests, this is your heart we are talking about!
To your health,