Heart Attack symptoms in women

Heart Attack symptoms in women are subtle as compared to the symptoms in men. Heart disease is often thought to be more of a problem for men. However, it’s the most common cause of death for both women and men in Australia.

Heart attack symptoms in women can be different from men. Did you know 40% of women won’t experience the typical crushing chest pain and are more likely to experience non-chest pain symptoms?

Symptoms of heart attack in women:

  • Pain in neck, chest, shoulder, jaw, abdomen and/or through to your back
  • Sweaty, shortness of breath
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Racing of your heart or feeling of “fluttering”
  • Dizziness or Light-headedness
  • Indigestion, Nausea and vomiting

Emotional stress can play a big role in triggering heart attack symptoms in women. It has also been noted that women tend to have the symptoms often when resting or even while sleeping. 

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, then you should get immediate medical attention.

Women often feel embarrassed and tend to delay seeking treatment, not wanting to be a burden on others. It is important to identify any problems and take the necessary steps to intervene before a possible heart attack. Also, seek out to one of our support groups, talk to other people with heart disease.

Heart Support Australia runs monthly support groups in locations across Australia and on Zoom. Contact us by phone 02 6253 0097 or email at office@heartnet.org.au to join or for more information.

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Heart Attack symptoms in women

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