Recognizing the Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Men and Women

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Heart attack symptoms can vary significantly in both their severity and their presentation. Additionally, men and women may exhibit very different symptoms of the same condition, often causing confusion over when to seek help. If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or someone you know, seek immediate medical care. The sooner care is received, the better the outcome after the attack.

Heart Attack Symptoms in Men
Men frequently experience the “telltale” symptom of chest pain or heaviness during a heart attack. Chest pain or fullness may seem to disappear after a few minutes, only to recur again soon after. However, chest pain is not the only warning sign of a problem. In many cases, no feeling of chest pain may be present. Instead, pain may radiate up the neck and jaw or down one or both arms. Stomach pain, nausea, or abdominal pain similar to indigestion may occur. Other signs of a heart attack include shortness of breath, dizziness, and breaking out into a cold sweat.

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
As with men, chest pain is still a common and unequivocal indicator of a heart attack in women. However, fewer women than men experience chest pain during a heart attack, so it is essential that other, more subtle symptoms are noted and acted upon. Other common heart attack symptoms in women include cold sweat, shortness of breath, disorientation or dizziness, and a feeling of indigestion. Nausea and vomiting may occur, causing many women to believe that they are sick rather than experiencing a heart attack. Pain, soreness, or aching may occur in the jaw, neck, shoulders, arms, or back.

Get the information you need about heart attacks and how to recognize them from the cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions. Whether you live in Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West or Avondale, we provide comprehensive care – including general cardiology, cardiology procedures, and patient education. You can learn more about us or schedule an appointment by calling (623) 876-8816 or clicking on the link to our website. 

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