Heart Attack Symptoms in Women and Men

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The major signs and symptoms of a heart attack are different for women than men. In a 2016 post, Heart Attack Symptoms in Women, I explain that women are much more likely than men to not realize they are having a heart attack. That’s because women having heart attacks often do NOT experience huge chest pain. Instead, a heart attack in women can feel like: heartburn, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, nausea, and back &/or jaw pain.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and early treatment is crucial. Often women do not seek immediate treatment because their symptoms don’t feel urgent.