Heart Attack Symptoms Differences In Women and Men

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Physicians encourage people to seek help in case of a heart attack as soon as possible as it increases the chance of recovery. Unfortunately, many people hesitate to seek help because they do not know what the symptoms of heart attack are beside the obvious one: chest pains.

In this article, we’ll see how the symptoms of heart attack can vary between the two genders.

Symptoms in Men:

Men have a greater chance of experiencing a heart attack as compared to women. If you have a family history or are a smoker, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or are obese, then you’re chances get even higher. Symptoms in men can involve any of the following:

  • Feeling pressure in the chest or chest pains that increase in intensity over a short period
  • Upper body pain in the left side of the body
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath or breaking into a cold sweat
  • Spells of dizziness
  • Stomach discomfort similar to indigestion.

However, it is important to understand that these symptoms vary in every individual as not every
heart attack is the same. Doctors suggest trusting your instincts if you think something is off and
go see a physician immediately.

Symptoms in Women

During the last few decades, scientists have found out that symptoms of a heart attack are quite
different in women as compared to men. Most women having a heart attack do not report chest
pains. They can have a longer duration of symptoms, and these include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Unusual fatigue spanning over several days or sever fatigue episodes
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that continues in the arm
  • Light headedness or shortness of breath
  • Indigestion
  • Pain in the upper back, throat, and shoulders
  • Pain in the jaw that spreads upwards

In women with menopause, the susceptibility to a heart attack increases manifold as they produce low amounts of estrogen that protect heart health. So, it is even more essential to take
care of your health if you’re over 50.

We advise you to remain aware of these symptoms and ask for help if you feel or see any red flags.

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