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”
  • Lightheadedness
  • 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.

Order your FREE Heart Smart Pocket Guide here.

Note: The Heart Smart Pocket Guide is only available to Australian residents.