Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women


In honor of American Heart Month, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and its partner, Prevea Health, are committed to raising awareness of the symptoms of heart attacks in both men and women. According to the American College of Cardiology, approximately 790,000 American adults experience a heart attack each year.

The five major symptoms of a heart attack for men and women include:
· Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
· Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
· Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
· Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulders
· Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort

In addition to these symptoms, women are more likely to experience:
· Unusual or unexplained tiredness
· Nausea or vomiting

Many times, women dismiss the symptoms of a heart attack because they don’t think they are at risk and attribute them to less severe conditions like heartburn or signs of menopause.

If you notice symptoms of a heart attack in yourself of someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately. Your chances of surviving a heart attack are greater the sooner emergency treatment begins.