In the recent decades, scientists realized that the symptoms of a heart attack can actually be quite different for women than men.

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In 2013, the Journal Circulation published the findings of a multi center study of 515 women that had experienced a heart attack.

A surprising thing was that most frequently reported symptoms did not include chest pain. Instead, the women reported unusual fatigue, anxiety, as well as sleep disturbances. Almost 80% reported experiencing at least one symptom for more than a month before their heart attack.


1. Unusual fatigue which lasts for a few days or sudden severe fatigue;

2. Sleep disturbances;

3. Anxiety;

4. Lightheadedness;

5. Shortness of breath;

6. Indigestion, or gas-like pain;

7. Upper back, throat and shoulder pain;

8. Jaw pain or pain which spreads up to the jaw;

9. Pressure or pain in the center of the chest, which may spread to the arm.

According to one study from 2012, which was published in the same journal, just 65% of women said that they had called 911 if they thought they might be having a heart attack. Even when you are not sure, you should call emergency immediately.

You should actually base your decision on what feels normal and what not for you. If you have not experiences some symptoms like these ones before, you should not hesitate to get help. If you don’t agree with the conclusion of your doctor, you should get a second opinion.

• Heart attack in women that have more than 50 years.

When they are around the age of 50, a lot of women start to go through menopause, but they also experience some important physical changes too. At this period of life, the levels of the hormone estrogen decrease and this hormone is believed to protect the heart. After menopause, your risk of heart attack is going to increase.

Unluckily, those women that undergo a heart attack are less probable to survive than men. Hence, it will become even more significant to remain informed of the heart health after you go through menopause.

These are some additional symptoms of a heart attack that women over the age of 50 may experience:

1. Severe pain in the chests;

2. Pain or discomfort in one or both the arms; the back, jaw, neck or stomach;

3. Fast or irregular heart beating;

4. Sweating a lot.

You have to be conscious of these symptoms and schedule some regular health checkups with your doctor.


A silent heart attack is just like any other heart attack, but it occurs without the usual symptoms. This means that you may even not realize you have undergone a heart attack.

According to one research from Duke University Medical Center, more than 200,000 Americans experience heart attacks each year without even being aware of that. Unluckily, these events will cause heart damage and improve the risk of attacks in the future.

Silent heart attacks are actually more common among people that have had previous heart attacks or among those that suffer from diabetes.

Some of the symptoms which may indicate a silent heart attack are the following:

1. Mild discomfort in the chest, arms, as the jaw which goes away after resting;
2. Shortness of breath, as well as tiring easily;
3. Sleep disturbances, or increased fatigue;
4. Abnormal heartburn or pain;
5. Skin clamminess.

After you have a silent heart attack, you can also experience more fatigue than before or find that exercise becomes more difficult for you. You should get regular physical exams in order to stay on top of your heart health. If you have cardiac risk factors, you should talk to your doctor about getting tests done in order to check the condition of your heart.

With scheduling regular checkups, as well as learning to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack, you can actually help in decreasing the risk of severe heart damage from a heart attack. This can also improve your well-being and life expectancy.

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