No two heart attacks are exactly the same, but the presentation does tend to follow a similar pattern based on gender. Here are some key similarities and differences of heart attacks for both sexes:
Most common symptoms for both sexes:
Less common symptoms for both sexes:
Abdominal discomfort similar to heartburn
Pain in the jaw, neck, back, or in one or both arms
Shortness of breath and sweating
Lightheadedness and fainting
Nausea and vomiting
Symptoms may come and go, or only appear with exertion.
Heart attack typically occurs when plaque ruptures off the wall of the coronary artery and causes blockage.
more likely to have larger, fatal heart attacks
Heart attacks are more likely to be accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and/or upper back and/or jaw pain.
are less inclined to feel intense chest pressure during a heart attack
often seek treatment later due to lack of “classic” heart attack symptoms
typically have more risk factors pre-infarction, such as diabetes and obesity
are more prone to small vessel disease