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What are common symptoms of a heart attack in women?

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Women are more likely to have these heart attack symptoms:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Discomfort in your gut. It may feel like indigestion.
  • Discomfort in the neck, shoulder, or upper back

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Are the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?" "Delay Can Be Deadly," "Call 9-1-1," "Emergency Medical Personnel," "Plan Ahead," "Heart Attack Survival Plan," "What Is Angina?"

Mayo Clinic: "Protecting Women's Hearts: An Interview with a Mayo Clinic Specialist," "Heart Attack: First Aid."

American College of Emergency Physicians: "Heart Attack Fact Sheet."

American Heart Association: "Angina Pectoris."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 16, 2020

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Are the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?" "Delay Can Be Deadly," "Call 9-1-1," "Emergency Medical Personnel," "Plan Ahead," "Heart Attack Survival Plan," "What Is Angina?"

Mayo Clinic: "Protecting Women's Hearts: An Interview with a Mayo Clinic Specialist," "Heart Attack: First Aid."

American College of Emergency Physicians: "Heart Attack Fact Sheet."

American Heart Association: "Angina Pectoris."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 16, 2020

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