What are the Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women ?


The number one symptom of a heart attack for a woman is actually the same as for a man – chest pain. Yet one in three women does not experience chest pain at all. Women are more likely to have other symptoms of a heart attack and they often appear in a cluster – typically three or more. Women are also more likely to show symptoms earlier. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack so you can get early treatment.


Symptoms of a heart attack include:

• Chest pain often described as chest “pressure, squeezing or tightness.” It may come on gradually, or it may go away and come back

• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. May include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach

• Shortness of breath (often felt along with chest discomfort, but not always)

• Nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, indigestion

• Weakness or fatigue, cough, dizziness, heart palpitations

If you experience any of the above warning signs for a heart attack or just have a sense that “something isn’t right,” call 9-1-1 immediately. Make sure to say “I’m having a heart attack.” Chew an uncoated aspirin right away as this can reduce damage to your heart muscle. It’s important you seek treatment early to limit the damage to your heart that happens during a heart attack. Every minute counts.