Confusing Heart Attack Symptoms

woman heart symptoms

It’s a medical fact: women are tricky to figure out! Where men are more likely to have a “Hollywood” heart attack – grasping his chest and collapsing – a woman having a heart attack tends to be far more subtle.

The most common heart attack symptom for both men and women is chest pain and discomfort. But women are more likely to have other, more confusing, symptoms as well. Call 911 and get right to a hospital if you experience any of these:

  • Pressure, squeezing or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It also might go away and then come back.
  • Shortness of breath – this could be with or without chest pain.
  • Discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Nausea, lightheadedness or a cold sweat.