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Heart Attack Warning Signs

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Women’s symptoms of heart disease can be different and often more subtle than men’s. They frequently continue activities when they feel ill, not realizing that what they're experiencing may represent a heart condition.

It's important to note the gender differences in risk factors and symptoms and to remember that just because a symptom is subtle, that does not mean it's not serious.

Here are some common warning signs of heart attack in women:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain that spreads to the jaw, shoulder, neck, or arms.
  • Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath.
  • Deep back pain right between a women’s shoulder blades

Here are some warning signs that are less common, yet just as serious:

  • Unusual chest, stomach, or abdominal pain.
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and dizziness.
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness, or fatigue.
  • Heart palpitations, cold sweat, or paleness.

If you are having any of the above symptoms, call 911.