Heart attack symptoms for women

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Heart attack symptoms for women

Heart attacks can be serious, if not fatal, when symptoms are ignored. The first tell-tale sign of a heart attack is chest pain, but unlike men, women can experience other symptoms of a heart attack. A heart attack in women is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are often disregarded as those of a cold or the flu. It is important to understand and recognise the symptoms of heart attacks in women.

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Chest Pain

Chest pain is a common sign of a heart attack. While it may not start out as an intense pain, a woman may experience this pain over a matter of days, with the pain increasing over time.

Respiratory Symptoms

A woman who is having a heart attack may experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.


Pain in the jaw, back, neck, shoulder or abdomen may be an indicator of a potential heart attack. The pain does not have to be intense; it can be an achy feeling.

Cold/Flu-Like Symptoms

Heart attacks in women can often disguise themselves as cold or flu symptoms. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea can signal a heart attack when coupled with other symptoms.

Other Symptoms

Other symptoms of a heart attack that women may experience are indigestion, heartburn, excessive sweating, anxiety or the feeling that something is wrong.


If you feel that you or a loved one may be experiencing a heart attack, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Quick medical attention may be able to minimise the damage from a heart attack.

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