Women, do you know the warning signs of a heart attack?
People assume all heart attacks feel like crushing pressure in the chest. And it’s true – for both and men and women, the most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort.
But women can have other, more difficult-to-recognize symptoms of a heart attack, too. Here are a few heart attack warning signs that women are more likely to experience.
Shortness of breath.
This can occur with or without chest discomfort. Sudden shortness of breath that isn’t related to exercise or movement is a red flag and may be a symptom of a heart attack.
Pain or discomfort in areas other than your chest.
Women can experience pain in either arm during a heart attack – not just the left one like most men. And women might also have pain or discomfort in areas other than the chest – especially the jaw, back and neck.
Nausea or vomiting.
It’s not uncommon for women to experience flu-like symptoms, such as nausea or vomiting, in the days or weeks leading up to a heart attack.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to your local emergency room.