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Healthy Living for Women

Are You Having a Heart Attack?

Men and women tend to display symptoms of heart attacks differently — keep these points in mind.

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As a woman, your symptoms might not be as clear as a man’s, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging. According to researchers, men and women tend to display symptoms of heart attacks differently. Keep these points in mind if ever you have a question about your heart health, and as always, see your physician immediately if you have any concerns about your ticker.

  • Chest pain in women is less likely to feel crushing and is more likely to present as intermittent pressure when having a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association.
  • Women are more likely to have neck, stomach or jaw pain as a symptom of a heart attack than men.
  • Women may experience pain in both arms as opposed to just one arm, as well as in their backs.
  • Women are more likely to experience cold sweats, nausea and lightheadedness than men when having a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association.