Heart attack symptoms for women can be subtle and are not always easy to diagnose without a blood test and assessment by medical professionals.
Heart attack symptoms in women can be different to men. 40% of women won’t experience the typical crushing chest pain and are more likely to experience non-chest pain symptoms.
Symptoms of heart attack in women:
- Unusual pain in your neck, chest, shoulder, jaw, abdomen and/or through to your back
- Feeling short of breath, sweaty
- Racing of your heart or feeling of “fluttering”
- Nausea and vomiting
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, then you should get immediate medical attention.
Feelings of embarrassment and not wanting to be a burden on others are major reasons why women tend to delay seeking treatment. It is important to identify any problems and take the necessary steps to intervene before a possible heart attack.
Heart Smart Pocket Guide
Heart Research Australia has come up with the Heart Smart Pocket Guide, which is a handy guide to heart attack symptoms and the recommended response in case of a possible emergency. It is designed to fit in your pocket or wallet so you’ll be able to take it with you wherever you go.
Note: The Heart Smart Pocket Guide is only available to Australian residents.