Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

According to the American Heart Association, heart attacks are caused by a buildup of plaque in coronary arteries that block the flow of blood to the heart. With heart disease being the leading cause of death for women in the United States, it is imperative that women familiarize themselves with the following warning signs.

Universal Signs of Heart Attack

When thinking of someone having a heart attack, we often picture someone clutching their chest and collapsing in pain. For women, that's not always the case. Although both men and women can experience these symptoms that point to a heart attack, symptoms often present themselves more subtly in women.

  • Chest pain, discomfort, or pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Pain in the left arm and/or shoulder
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Rapid heartbeat

Symptoms Specific to Women

While the classic signs of a heart attack also apply to women, there are several symptoms that are unique to women. Although the most recognizable symptom of a heart attack is intense chest pressure, women can experience a heart attack without it.

Here are some unique symptoms you should look out for:

  • Back pain
  • Pressure in the lower back
  • Pressure in the abdomen
  • Jaw pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Extreme fatigue

If you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms or warning signs, it is recommended that you seek immediate medical attention, even when you are unsure if you are having a heart attack. Calling 911 is the most efficient way to receive life-saving emergency medical attention.

Cardiovascular Disease Services in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our highly trained and experienced cardiac support team is dedicated to providing specialized cardiovascular care services in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas. To learn more about our cardiovascular care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).