Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women


Heart attacks can happen when you least expect it. Often you hear of men having heart attacks, but they occur to women, too.

As we focus on heart health month, let’s take a deeper look at common signs that you or someone you care about is having a heart attack according to WebMD:

  • A crushing, squeezing, or burning pain, pressure or fullness in the center of the chest. The pain may radiate to the neck, one or both arms, the shoulders or the jaw. The chest discomfort lasts more than a few minutes or can go away and return.

  • Shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, chills, sweating or weak pulse

  • Cold and clammy skin or a severe appearance of illness

  • Fainting (rare)

We know they can happen to you no matter your gender, but what symptoms seem to be prominent in a specific gender? Information is courtesy of WebMD.

  • Pain, shortness of breath, fatigue. No gender differences

  • Right-side chest discomfort. 4.7 times more likely to be reported by men

  • Throat discomfort. 12 times more likely to be reported by women

  • Discomfort. 2.7 times more likely to be reported by men

  • Dull ache. 3.9 times more likely to be reported by men

  • Pressing on the chest. 7.3 times more likely to be reported by women

  • Vomiting. 3.9 times more likely to be reported by women

  • Indigestion. 3.7 times more likely to be reported by men

It is also important to note that women may present symptoms such as nausea or jaw pain. Often women will show atypical symptoms.

No matter your gender, one thing rings true. Time is of the essence. If you or someone you care about is showing signs of a heart attack, it is key to call 911 immediately.

NARMC is here for you when you need us 24/7.

Be on the lookout for more heart health tips and patient stories throughout the month of February.

Reference: WebMD

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