Learn more about Saint Thomas Health at STHealth.com

Signs of a Heart Attack: Symptoms for Men and Women Can Be Different

December 28th 2016

Contact: Angie Boyd-Chambers, (615) 284-7462, angie.boydchambers@sth.org

Every heart attack is different. For women especially, symptoms of a heart attack can be very subtle. According to physicians with Saint Thomas Heart, many times women do not know they are experiencing a heart attack.

Symptoms of a heart attack can be very different for women than they are for men and are typically much more subtle in nature. For women, sometimes worsened shortness of breath or a lack of energy is the only hint that coronary artery disease or an abnormal heart rhythm is present.

It is important to know and recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, because time can be critical to survival. 

The warning signs of a heart attack include:

  • Chest pain;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Pain spreading to shoulders, neck, or arms;
  • Nausea;
  • Indigestion;
  • Weakness or fatigue; and
  • Sweating. 

Many people – women in particular – wait too long to get help because they are unaware that they are experiencing a heart attack. It is important to be aware of what is going on with your body and to not ignore the warning signs. With so many preventative and interventional technologies in today’s society, a heart attack does not have to be deadly.

Visit www.saintthomasheart.com for more information about Cardiac services at Saint Thomas Health, or visit www.nashvillegoesred.org for online heart screenings.

facebook   twitter   youtube