Did you know that heart attack symptoms differ between men and women? Heart disease is the number one killer for women in the United States, yet women tend to ignore them or think the symptoms are for less life-threatening illnesses, such as the flu or acid reflux. We're all familiar with the videos of men with chest pressure, shortness of breath or falling during a heart attack. But in reality, heart attack symptoms are very different when it comes to women. It's best to stay informed with the signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women.
A heart attack happens every 43 seconds and it occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart is reduced or completely cutt. This may occur from clogged arteries, fat buildup, high cholesterol, or other substances like plague.
"Women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure," said Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Trisch Center. "Instead, women may experience shortness of breath, dizziness, upper back pressure, extreme fatigue, lightheadedness and even fainting". Many women might experience shortness of breath, as if they ran a mile or marathon, without moving at all. Others might feel pressure on their upperback that feels like squeezing.
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, visit the ER or your doctor immediately. If you are unsure of the symptoms of a heart attack, make sure to contact your doctor or physician for more information on heart attacks and their symptoms.