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Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women vs Men

March 8th is International Women's Day. In honor of this holiday, LiveWellSTL is sharing information to create awareness for the number one killer of women in the United States: Heart Disease. Heart attack symptoms can differ for men and women, but the most common symptom for both is chest pain. Women might also have non-chest pain symptoms and less obvious warning signs. How do I know if I’m having a heart attack?

Symptoms in Women

- Chest pain, but not always

- Pain or pressure in the lower chest or upper abdomen

- Jaw, neck or upper back pain

- Nausea or vomiting

- Shortness of breath

- Fainting

- Indigestion

- Extreme fatigue


Symptoms in Men

- Squeezing chest pressure or pain

- Jaw, neck or back pain

- Nausea or vomiting

- Shortness of breath


Women who think they’re healthy often misread the symptoms of a heart attack because they don’t think it could happen to them. That’s why it’s crucial to learn about heart attack, know your numbers and live heart-healthy.

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