Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Men and Women

The ability to recognize and respond to heart attack symptoms can be the difference between life and death, but many men and women don’t realize that genders do experience different signs. Experts now understand that it isn’t quite as black and white as the general concept of chest pain.

Heart Attacks in Men

Across the spectrum, men have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack than women, and a higher risk of having heart attacks earlier in life than women. Certain factors like family history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity increases the risk even more. Overall, men can recognize an oncoming heart attack from the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain that resembles a heavy weight on the chest, often with a squeezing sensation
  • Upper body pain and discomfort
  • Irregular and rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness

Heart Attacks in Women

It was long believed that women experienced the same heart attack symptoms as men, but research now shows that women frequently suffer from very different signs for more than a month before the heart attack occurs:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the center of the chest that possible spreads to the arm
  • Indigestion

Many men and women are hesitant to seek medical help for heart attack symptoms because they are concerned they are mistaken. It is essential that you turn to your doctor for help if you suspect you are experiencing dangerous symptoms. Call (941) 744-1200 to speak with a heart health expert at Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute in Bradenton, Florida. The doctors at Manatee Cardio will provide the evaluations and testing necessary to determine the cause of your symptoms. Don’t wait until it is too late!

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