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What are the Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women?

Lisa Nelson Health Pro February 25, 2009
  • Lisa Nelson RD #2:  For women the signs of a heart attack are more subtle. What should women watch for?  If everyone responded to every arm/jaw/chest/indigestion/feeling "not quite right" symptom, they'd never leave the ER!   Dr. Shelby-Lane: The female heart often is misdiagnosed. ...

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  • Saphire
    Nov. 18, 2014
    "In 40 percent of people that develop heart disease, sudden death is the first symptom." - o.O ... O_o ... XD um..... you mean... the ONLY symptom.. Also i find that statistic a bit exaggerated. Because if that were the case, we would have a lot more fatalities on our hands. Heart disease is a wide spectrum of things.. not limited to just heart attack. there's...
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    "In 40 percent of people that develop heart disease, sudden death is the first symptom." - o.O ... O_o ... XD um..... you mean... the ONLY symptom.. Also i find that statistic a bit exaggerated. Because if that were the case, we would have a lot more fatalities on our hands. Heart disease is a wide spectrum of things.. not limited to just heart attack. there's upside down vessels (cant remember the DX of it), theres high blood pressure, low blood pressure, hypertention, arythimaas, palpatations, (and yes i know i'm misspelling most of these, but you get the point. lol).. Where are your sources for this statistic?
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    Sep. 03, 2011

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    • bdm1991
      Feb. 24, 2012

      I am 20 years old. I have been experincing chest pains on my left side. My heart tightens and sharp pains in my chest, cause me not to be able to take a breath. I've had these symptoms for awhile, but lately they are happening more often and getting worse. Along with that, I have been having numbness in my feet for a couple weeks. All of these problems...

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      I am 20 years old. I have been experincing chest pains on my left side. My heart tightens and sharp pains in my chest, cause me not to be able to take a breath. I've had these symptoms for awhile, but lately they are happening more often and getting worse. Along with that, I have been having numbness in my feet for a couple weeks. All of these problems are very sparatic. I told my mom and she just blows them off. I have no idea what I should do. I don't want to go to the ER and it not be anything. I am on regular anxiety medication. So I know it is not an attack; Have not had one in a long time. HELP!

    • bdm1991
      Feb. 24, 2012

      I am 20 years old. I have been experincing chest pains on my left side. My heart tightens and sharp pains in my chest, cause me not to be able to take a breath. I've had these symptoms for awhile, but lately they are happening more often and getting worse. Along with that, I have been having numbness in my feet for a couple weeks. All of these problems...

      RHMLucky777

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      I am 20 years old. I have been experincing chest pains on my left side. My heart tightens and sharp pains in my chest, cause me not to be able to take a breath. I've had these symptoms for awhile, but lately they are happening more often and getting worse. Along with that, I have been having numbness in my feet for a couple weeks. All of these problems are very sparatic. I told my mom and she just blows them off. I have no idea what I should do. I don't want to go to the ER and it not be anything. I am on regular anxiety medication. So I know it is not an attack; Have not had one in a long time. HELP!

  • Fiorina
    Feb. 20, 2011

    46 year old mom of 4 girls. Not feeling well for about 8 months. Went on hike in August.  Struggled during hike , heart palpatating, struggling for air, very nausceous, and lightheaded last few miniutes to top.  At top rested for 1 hr. Walked down road not on trail. Ever since then I been feeling awful. Chest pain, jaw pain, shoulder blade pain and...

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    46 year old mom of 4 girls. Not feeling well for about 8 months. Went on hike in August.  Struggled during hike , heart palpatating, struggling for air, very nausceous, and lightheaded last few miniutes to top.  At top rested for 1 hr. Walked down road not on trail. Ever since then I been feeling awful. Chest pain, jaw pain, shoulder blade pain and tired all the time. Have really bad heartburn. Went to doctor in Feb. gave me ekg test.  Said possible heart damage from clogged artery. Went to cardiologist had stress test and came back negative.  Said I might have esophogeal spasms.  Gave me medications for spasms.  Have to go back in March.  Heart burn medications working well. Symptoms from heart, jaw and shoulder went away. Still have slight pinching in heart  if over exerted. Could I have had a minor heart attach in august and not know about it.  Should I have the cardiologist ask for test if any damage really was done to heart and not just spasms?  My gut is telling me its more

    than just spasms. I'm not one to run to doctor and if I think its just heartburn I won't rhink twice about it. 

  • jadesmith
    Dec. 03, 2010

    There are many symptoms of heart diseases in women that can be different from the normal chest pain signs that occur in men. Women may have signs that are unrelated to chest pain. There could be shortness of breath, nasea or vomiting, sweating and neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort. The signs and symptoms are more subtle than the obvious crushing...

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    There are many symptoms of heart diseases in women that can be different from the normal chest pain signs that occur in men. Women may have signs that are unrelated to chest pain. There could be shortness of breath, nasea or vomiting, sweating and neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort. The signs and symptoms are more subtle than the obvious crushing chest pain often associated with heart attacks. This may be because women tend to have blockages not only in their main arteries, but also in the smaller arteries that supply blood to the heart, a condition called small vessel heart disease.

  • jadesmith
    Nov. 25, 2010

    There are many symptoms of heart disease in women which are the signs to be not overlooked. Women heart patients who has suffered a heart attack have recollected experiencing early or prodomic symptoms within the weeks preceding their heart attack. Usually felt weariness and sleep problems are the most commonly experienced symptoms. The other signs and symptoms...

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    There are many symptoms of heart disease in women which are the signs to be not overlooked. Women heart patients who has suffered a heart attack have recollected experiencing early or prodomic symptoms within the weeks preceding their heart attack. Usually felt weariness and sleep problems are the most commonly experienced symptoms. The other signs and symptoms comprise of anxiety, unsettled stomach or succinctness in breathing. Severe symptoms felt at the time of heart attack were briefness of breath, cold sweat, giddiness, exhaustion and feeling weak.

  • Rupesh
    Oct. 26, 2010

    The typical symptoms of Heart attack in women are:
    Chest "tightness," "squeezing," or "heaviness." People describe this feeling as a weight or as a band being tightened around their chest. The pain is usually located on the left side of the chest above the bottom of the ribcage, but it's often hard to define its exact location.
    Shortness of breath. Sweating,...

    RHMLucky777

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    The typical symptoms of Heart attack in women are:
    Chest "tightness," "squeezing," or "heaviness." People describe this feeling as a weight or as a band being tightened around their chest. The pain is usually located on the left side of the chest above the bottom of the ribcage, but it's often hard to define its exact location.
    Shortness of breath. Sweating, nausea, and an anxious feeling
    A pain in the left arm, neck and jaw.

     

     

    • Rockz345
      Nov. 05, 2010

      What if you have that plus, thyroid disease, and arthritis, and you usually have pain in your shoulders and chest muscles? Or does it feel more under your ribcage and closer to your back? How can you tell? Also if your sick you can have the same symptoms and just have bronchitis? I guess I should be asking a doctor, unless you are one.

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    Diane
    Aug. 28, 2010

    I have cardio,micro vessel disease.  I'm obese, I have sarcoidosis (lung disease), fibromyalgia, IBS,No high blood pressure, and I take meds for cholesterol, which keeps it low.   I am on atenolol.   Lately I've been having a strange feeling in my chest, like gas or pressure.  But if I stand up and walk a bit, it goes away.  ...

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    I have cardio,micro vessel disease.  I'm obese, I have sarcoidosis (lung disease), fibromyalgia, IBS,No high blood pressure, and I take meds for cholesterol, which keeps it low.   I am on atenolol.   Lately I've been having a strange feeling in my chest, like gas or pressure.  But if I stand up and walk a bit, it goes away.   I have felt my pulse and it feels like it disapears for a couple pulses.    They put me on atenolol yrs. ago, I had pain in my chest which was going down my left arm.    My heart was beating so fast and hard I could feel it in my back sitting against the couch.   Noe every time they listen to my heart its normal.  I wake up during the nite trying to catch my breath, but that could be from my lung disease.    Also, I have a cat and I can feel her on the bed..but sometimes I feel something in my body thats moving or whatever...thats when I'm laying down.   If it checks out fine, what can I do?    They've done stress tests.  I go to physical therepy a couple times a week, but can only do the tread mill and move my feet/legs because of a herniated disk.    Please help me.

    • laureliete
      Nov. 30, 2010

      Waking up in the night trying to catch your breath is not good.  It can be a symptom of heart failure.  I woke up like that several nights when I had a really really bad flu and it never seemed to go away.  Until I had heart failure the flu went away then.  Waking up with no breath when sleeping is scary and should never happen.  After...

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      Waking up in the night trying to catch your breath is not good.  It can be a symptom of heart failure.  I woke up like that several nights when I had a really really bad flu and it never seemed to go away.  Until I had heart failure the flu went away then.  Waking up with no breath when sleeping is scary and should never happen.  After heart failure I was looking up symptoms just to be sure I would know if it happened again.  I was given last rites and on a vent for a week.  It is a miracle that I am alive.  The heart failure led to massive organ failure including heart, kidneys and liver.   I didn't know what that waking up trying to catch my breath was, I thought it was from the codeine in the cough medicine or something.  Even though that never happened from codeine in cough medicine before.  But who is thinking heart failure?   I was only 48. I was shocked to see "waking up out of breath from sleep" as a symptom of heart failure.  It doesn't mean it is heart failure - it just means it is a symptom and could be.  Heart failure came on so fast.  I had been perfectly healthy.  First throwing up then throwing up after every meal for a couple of weeks.  My abdomen swelled which I guess was from the liver beginning to fail.  I think maybe as much oxygen as you need to think is not getting to your brain because I didn't think like me at all.  I thought it would go away.  What was I thinking?  That's just it.  I wasn't.  I don't know why - I think it might have been part of the whole heart failure thing.  Look up heart failure symptoms.  Waking up trying to catch my breath was the first symptom I had.  Take care

  • Jean
    Jun. 22, 2010

    My 62 year old friend phoned me, obviously distressed saying how ill she felt and how her arms felt 'heavy'.  I immediiately phoned an ambulance for her and drove myself over to her.  She was placed in the ambulance and checked over, whilst I was present and then taken to hospital where she again was checked over and then discharged with a note...

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    My 62 year old friend phoned me, obviously distressed saying how ill she felt and how her arms felt 'heavy'.  I immediiately phoned an ambulance for her and drove myself over to her.  She was placed in the ambulance and checked over, whilst I was present and then taken to hospital where she again was checked over and then discharged with a note of the blood tests she had to undergo.  There was no sense that she might be having a heart attack and no-one seemed to take her symptoms seriously. That night her symptoms increased but she didn't call for medical assistance as I believe that she thought there was nothing seriously wrong with her and she wouldn't have wanted 'to be a nuisance'.

    MY LOVELY FRIEND DIED JUST 6 DAYS LATER, OF A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK.

    If the medical profession had taken it seriously, maybe she would still be here.

     

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    A
    Apr. 15, 2010

    The "neck pain" I have experienced, along with some of these other suspicious symtoms of MI in women , feels like and electrical sensation up the left side of my neck.  Does this sound like something you've heard before? 

    • Anonymous
      Evelyn Pennington
      May. 14, 2010

      I have neck pain on both sides, but the pain starts in my chest and goes to my back, then up my neck and my heart is beating so fast, the Dr. has said there is no need to worry but heart desease runs in my family. I don't know who to treust, or who to go too . Do you have any advice?

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      A
      May. 16, 2010

      I sure would want to seek a second opinion.  That sounds mighty scary.  Don't know if you have seen a cardiologist vs. a family dr. but I would want to get checked if I were you.

  • lyte
    Dec. 26, 2009

    What are chest pains? "really", and where are they comeing from? its not likely to be suffering from heart troubles is it? sometimes may be its gas, or perhaps stress related, who knows. I just wanna know what are they, and why does it happen, it all cannot be just from being heavy, or smoking cigarettes? even though I know those things can kill u, but if u...

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    What are chest pains? "really", and where are they comeing from? its not likely to be suffering from heart troubles is it? sometimes may be its gas, or perhaps stress related, who knows. I just wanna know what are they, and why does it happen, it all cannot be just from being heavy, or smoking cigarettes? even though I know those things can kill u, but if u get a chest pain perhaps 1 or 2 within a mth, and perhaps nothing until another 4-6 mths, whats that?

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      janet
      Jan. 02, 2010

      im having filp flop feels w/my heart after that feelings goes away I get a bad headache. after a few min. it starts all over again.  what do you think it is?

    • Ayzle
      Mar. 25, 2010

      That is how my problems started out. Yes,l other things can feel like a heart attack and be nothing serious but why not take them serious. I started out with just one minute pains sometimes then they progressed to 5. Another way my problems was different was mine always came when i first got up not after moving around a lot. I'am alive today only because of...

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      That is how my problems started out. Yes,l other things can feel like a heart attack and be nothing serious but why not take them serious. I started out with just one minute pains sometimes then they progressed to 5. Another way my problems was different was mine always came when i first got up not after moving around a lot. I'am alive today only because of the one er doctor who just said i didn't "look right".   Ayzle

    • syra
      Oct. 12, 2010

      Women with chest pain who have low hemoglobin levels are more likely to die or suffer a heart attack, heart failure, stroke or other cardiovascular event than women with normal hemoglobin levels, women with low hemoglobin levels had a higher rate of death and cardiovascular events over a relatively intermediate length of follow up, averaging just over three...

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      Women with chest pain who have low hemoglobin levels are more likely to die or suffer a heart attack, heart failure, stroke or other cardiovascular event than women with normal hemoglobin levels, women with low hemoglobin levels had a higher rate of death and cardiovascular events over a relatively intermediate length of follow up, averaging just over three years. In addition, the hemoglobin levels where these adverse events occurred are by standard definitions only mildly to moderately low. And a low hemoglobin level was a better predictor of adverse cardiovascular events than most traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, age, or family history of heart disease.
      Signs of heart disease

  • Anonymous
    Elite Health
    Jul. 08, 2009

    Sometimes people fail to understand and recognize the indications of pre-heart attack symptoms. Sometimes, a little knowledge regarding the immediate actions to be taken may help your near and dear ones to survive in such incidents. The response a person takes to treat a victim decides the probability of his/her survival. It's been my personal experience fighting...

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    Sometimes people fail to understand and recognize the indications of pre-heart attack symptoms. Sometimes, a little knowledge regarding the immediate actions to be taken may help your near and dear ones to survive in such incidents. The response a person takes to treat a victim decides the probability of his/her survival. It's been my personal experience fighting to survive against a heart attack. Because of having many heart problems, I was enrolled in a concierge Healthcare program from elite health. I was attacked by a severe heart attack in a party, luckily surrounded by many people. Some of the sudden changes in my body was recognized by me and anticipated immediately. I got a very severe chest pain which was almost unbearable for more than a minute. I got the suspicion that I might be having heart attack, and immediately called my physician on the phone, and explained my condition and its severity. Because of the immediate guidance, I was directed immediately to have an aspirin which I used to carry with me as prescribed by my physician. It was quite a frightening experience for me to face such a heart attack, but somehow I managed to be calm until 911 arrived. I was immediately taken to the nearest hospital, where already my physician were present and have got everything setup according to my medical history. And it was in some matter of seconds that everything was in control. A doctor, who already have the complete knowledge of the medical history and fitness of the person, extra ordinarily ameliorate your recovery process. Hence such a concierge level program from Elite health, helped me a save my life, like many others.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Oct. 02, 2009

      I went for a year having chest pain lasting a minute and severe muscle weakness. Then the attacks lasted for five minutes. My doctor failed me and because my blood levels were ok and my ekg was fine even several er doctors did not think i had anything wrong,and i was sent home. Then finally a er doctor said i didn't look "right" and refered me to a heart doctor....

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      I went for a year having chest pain lasting a minute and severe muscle weakness. Then the attacks lasted for five minutes. My doctor failed me and because my blood levels were ok and my ekg was fine even several er doctors did not think i had anything wrong,and i was sent home. Then finally a er doctor said i didn't look "right" and refered me to a heart doctor. It was only when I was given a stress test that anything showed up.I had a 90% blockage in my main artery... and had a stent put in. now that happened it is really hard to trust doctors. I had high blood pressure for a year and my doctor did nothing about it even though i kept telling him something was wrong he just continued telling me i was getting older "61" and it was normal to slow down. I missed death only because of the er doctor...

    • Lydia
      Mar. 24, 2010

      have been doing the same as you, today doctor read EKG and seen that I have had several heart attacks, tomorrow I am to go do the stress test.  i just turned 61 but I had been thinking it was just reflux disease and I have had heart attacks.

    • Ayzle
      Mar. 25, 2010

      Lydia, I hope everything turns out ok for you and i'am glad your ekg showed that  you were having problems. I'am 3 years into my stent and still going strong. I hope you do as well..   Ayzle