Recognizing Heart Attacks in Female

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Due to our difference in biology, heart attacks may not feel the same in women as it is in men.  Understanding and recognizing the unique symptoms can mean life and death for women suffering from a Heart Attack.  Here are some of the common heart attack symptoms for women from WebMD so you can recognize any warning signs .

  1. Chest Discomfort – While men also experience chest pain, women may experience more of a squeezing sensation.  Beware that it does not necessary have to be on the left side of the chest where the heart is.
  2. Stomach pain – You may be asking, it is a heart attack, why would my stomach hurt? Severe abdominal pressure in the stomach could be a sign of a heart attack instead of a heart burn.
  3. Sweating – Nervous, cold sweat is different than regular sweat from exercising.  If this form of sweating comes suddenly, then you may be experiencing a heart attack.
  4. Pain in your Jaw, Neck, Back, or Arms – These symptoms are more common in women than men during a heart attack
  5. Lightheadedness or shortness or breath – Sudden experience of these symptoms without even moving could be a sign of a heart attack
  6. Fatigue – You may feel extreme tiredness even without moving much during a heart attack

If any of the symptoms are present, it is best not to delay getting help and call for emergency immediately!

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