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Signs and Symptoms

Chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women. But women are more likely than men to have additional symptoms.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain or pressure or discomfort
  • Discomfort or tingling in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Heartburn-like feeling
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Fainting

Remember, sudden, crushing chest pain or pressure or tightness aren't the only signs of a heart attack. In one study, 1 in 3 three people who had a heart attack had no chest pain; they were more likely to be older, a female or diabetic.

When to Call 911

If you think you might be having a heart attack, don't delay. Call 911 right away. Delaying treatment can lead to permanent heart damage – even death. An ambulance is the safest way to get to the hospital.

Women are more likely to delay seeking help for a number of reasons, including not wanting to bother others and being unsure about whether they are having a heart attack. It is always better to play it safe and call 911 right away and let the medical experts find out if you are having a heart attack.

  • Last Edited 10/28/2021