Heart attacks are a serious health concern, and they can be life-threatening if not treated quickly. Unfortunately, many women may not realize that they’re having a heart attack because the symptoms can be different from those typically associated with heart attacks in men. Here are four silent heart attack symptoms that women should be aware of:
Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women. However, women may experience chest pain differently, such as a tightness or pressure in the chest instead of a crushing pain. This can make it more difficult to recognize the symptom as a sign of a heart attack.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is another common symptom of a heart attack in women. This can feel like you can’t catch your breath, or it may feel like you’re out of breath for no reason.
Women who experience a heart attack may feel fatigued, especially if they’re not getting enough sleep. Fatigue can make it difficult to carry out daily activities and can be a sign of an underlying health problem.
Nausea or Indigestion
Nausea or indigestion can be symptoms of a heart attack in women. This can feel like an upset stomach, and it may be accompanied by a feeling of fullness or bloating.
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This is an updated blog post that was originally published in 2019.