Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Heart Attack Symptoms in WomenIf you’re a woman, you could be having a heart attack and not even suspect it.  A woman can have symptoms that are different from a man’s.  Both women and men may have chest pain, but women are more likely to have other symptoms instead of chest pain.




Some of the symptoms a woman could have are:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Nausea
  3. Pain in one or both arms
  4. Jaw pain, shoulder, neck, or back pain
  5. Dizziness or light-headedness
  6. A cold sweat

If you have any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away, and chew 2 low-dose aspirin tablets, or half of a regular one.  You MUST chew it to help you, and be sure it’s not the buffered versions.

So, women can have a heart attack without having chest pain.   Extreme fatigue, pressure or discomfort in the abdomen, fainting, or pain in the lower chest are some other symptoms women might experience.  Pressure or pain in the upper back is another sign too.

If you have some of the atypical symptoms above, you might have to insist with the ambulance technician, and even an ER doctor, that you are very likely having a heart attack.

Here are some ways you can prevent heart problems:

  1. Frequent check-ups with your doctor. Obtain a Coronary Artery Calcium Score Test, and get tested for peripheral arterial disease.
  2. A few times per week is enough.
  3. Quit smoking.
  4. Eat a diet that includes fish such as salmon, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and olive oil. Contrary to popular opinion, dark chicken meat is healthier than dry breast meat.  Dark meat from turkey or chicken contains an amino acid called taurine that can improve heart health by favorably affecting blood pressure. And a recent study published by Yu Chen, PhD, MPH, associate professor of epidemiology at NYU School of Medicine, shows that women with high cholesterol levels who have high levels of taurine were 60 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease, as compared to those with low taurine levels.
  5. Practice meditation, pray, and connect with your kids, family, and friends.
  6. Stay calm. Anger outbursts have been linked to and precede heart attacks.

You have to take charge of your health, and take care of yourself.  If you have any of the above symptoms, don’t wait to call an ambulance.