Chest pain is the commonest symptom of a heart attack in both men and women. It must be noted that not everyone having an attack has the same signs and symptoms. In some cases, the pain or discomfort might be mild while in others it may be severe. There are also cases when people do not experience any signs and symptoms.
While in some cases, a heart attack may happen suddenly. Many people have signs and symptoms much in advance, maybe days or weeks in advance. The earliest you diagnose the symptoms, the better it is to begin the treatment. The signs and symptoms of a heart attack in men and women are different.
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Symptoms of a heart attack in women
The possible symptoms of a heart attack in women include:
Chest pain – One of the most common symptoms of a heart attack is chest pain. In some cases, women may not experience chest pain or any discomfort in the chest. The chest pain may be described as pressure, squeeze, or ache. The pain may last for a few minutes.
Stomach issues – In some cases, women may experience stomach issues including vomiting or difficulty in digesting food.
Menopause – During or post-menopause, the estrogen level goes down. Women may experience symptoms such as severe sweating, irregular heartbeat, pain, or discomfort in the chest, back, jaw, or neck.
Excess sweating – Women experience unusual excess sweating as a common symptom of heart issues. The sweating can occur without any physical activity.
Difficulty in breathing – Women may face difficulty in breathing without any heavy activity. The difficulty in breathing can be followed by pain or discomfort in the chest.
Pain in the upper body – Unusual or sudden pain in the upper body. Women may experience pain or discomfort in the neck, jaw, or back.
Other symptoms of a heart attack in women include sleep disturbances, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, and fainting.
Symptoms of a heart attack in men
Chest pain or discomfort – Discomfort or pain in the chest is one of the most common symptoms of a heart attack in men. In some cases, it might be a feeling of ‘fullness’ in the chest. The pain or discomfort may last for a few minutes, stop for a while, and start again.