One of the most recognizable symptoms of a heart attack is chest pain. However, this common sign may not apply to all. Heart attack symptoms are not the same across the board. In fact, young women may not experience chest pain, according to a new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine titled Sex Differences in Acute Coronary Syndrome Symptom Presentation in Young Patients.
The study found that one in five women, ages 55 and younger, did not experience chest pain during their heart attack. Though chest pain was the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women, it is important to understand that it is not the only telltale sign.
Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
The American Heart Association identified the following heart attack symptoms commonly experienced by women:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Source: American Heart Association
To recognize the signs of a heart attack in women, watch Go Red For Women's "Just a Little Heart Attack".
Source: Go Red for Women
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