By: Mission Healthy Living
February 18, 2019
When many people think of a heart attack, they picture the dramatic visual of a man clutching his chest or left arm before dropping to the ground. However, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the CDC, 54% of women don’t know that heart disease is their number one killer.
In addition, the symptoms of a heart attack in women look different than in men. Rather than suddenly collapsing, many women having a heart attack think they are just coming down with the flu.
Though chest pain is one of the most common warning signs for both sexes, women are more likely than men to experience other symptoms. According to the American Heart Association and the CDC, here are some of the other most common heart attack symptoms for women:
- Intermittent discomfort in the center of your chest that feels like a pressure, squeezing or fullness.
- Pain or an uncomfortable feeling in the neck or jaw, as well as the back or stomach.
- Shortness of breath or extreme fatigue.
- Flu-like symptoms including a cold sweat, nausea, vomiting or lightheadedness.
- Heartburn or indigestion.
- A combination of chest pain with any of the above symptoms.
Take steps to prevent or manage heart disease by learning the healthy lifestyle factors that can reduce your risk.