Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women


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:

Chest pain

Chest discomfort

Chest pressure

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.

Men:

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

Women:

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

Heart Attack Symptoms



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