Heart attack symptoms in women
Question: Are heart attack symptoms different for women?
Answer: Yes, heart attack symptoms can be different for women. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women — despite race or ethnicity. Heart disease kills one of every three American women.
The symptoms for women having a heart attack can be very different than those of a man, but the following are common symptoms in both men and women:
- tightness or squeezing chest pain
- shortness of breath
- pain spreading to shoulder, arm or neck
- dizziness or loss of consciousness
There are several symptoms of a heart attack that are more likely in women:
- unexplained weakness or fatigue
- indigestion or gas-like pain
- pain between the shoulder blades
- recurring chest discomfort
It’s best to be evaluated by a cardiologist if you have any questions about your heart health.