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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 in Heart Health

Heart Health

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined? February is Heart Month, and a good time to learn more about heart attack symptoms in women.

During a heart attack, women may have atypical symptoms that don’t match the frequently promoted warning signs of pain in the left arm and severe chest pain. Here are some of the most common signs for women, according to Tania Nanevicz, M.D., a cardiologist at Mills-Peninsula:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling hot and sweaty
  • Chest pain that feels like squeezing or tightness, which can occur across the chest and not just on the left side
  • Pain in back, arms, neck or jaw
  • Abdominal pain

If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

To learn more about women and heart disease, visit The American Heart Association’s website.