Men And Women Have Different Symptoms Of Heart Attack! Do You Know What They Are?

December 20, 2018

When it comes to heart attacks, it's crucial that the patient is treated as quickly as possible. And one of the ways to ensure this happens is by recognizing the signs on time so either the sufferer or someone around them can call for help.

Heart disease symptoms in women

It's always important to understand the symptoms that something isn't right with your body, especially when it comes to your heart. According to WebMD, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and heart attack are different ailments that require a different approach to treatment, even though they often share similar warning signs.

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These are some of the symptoms of coronary artery diseases in women:

  • Shortness of breath;
  • Sweating;
  • Nausea;
  • An irregular heartbeat (palpitations) and/or a faster heartbeat;
  • Dizziness and fatigue.

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Heart attack symptoms in men vs women

A woman with the social media username @gwheezie took to Twitter earlier this month to narrate her story of how she survived a heart attack. She talked about the symptoms she experienced, which were quite different from what she thought a heart attack would feel like. 

She said that instead of chest pains, she felt pain:

"(...) across my upper back, shoulder blades & equally down both arms. It felt like burning & aching."

She thought it was simply muscle strain at first, but when she started sweating and vomiting, she dialed 911.

A heart attack can manifest itself with the following symptoms in both men and women:

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  • Chest pain or pressure;
  • Sweating;
  • Tightness in the chest;
  • Heartburn or indigestion;
  • Sudden dizziness;
  • Pain spreading to shoulders, neck, arm or jaw;
  • Brief loss of consciousness.

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However, women are more likely than men to show the following symptoms:

  • Pain or discomfort between the shoulder blades;
  • Recurring discomfort in the chest;
  • Nausea or dizziness;
  • Unexplained weakness/fatigue;
  • Indigestion.

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What to do if you or someone you know begins to show these symptoms.

  • Call 911;
  • The patient can also chew an aspirin. Heart attacks are caused by blood clots in the heart arteries and aspirin may help to reduce the clots;
  • You can perform CPR on the patient if they are not breathing. 

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The most important thing is to get to the hospital as soon as possible.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women and it should be taken very seriously. In addition, such risk factors as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, a poor diet, being overweight, among other conditions, also increase a person's likelihood for heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack.

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In order to reduce your chances of developing a heart problem, it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and see your doctors for regular check-ups.

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