6 Signs You’re Having a Heart Attack

Would you recognize a heart attack if it hit? Many women don’t. That’s because women can have different symptoms than men…symptoms that can be less dramatic and easily dismissed as not life-threatening.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about half of the more than one million people in the United States who have a heart attack each year die. Others suffer permanent heart damage because they didn’t get help quickly enough. That’s why it’s so important to know the warning signs of heart attack.

6 Signs You’re Having a Heart Attack

1. Discomfort, pressure, pain in the chest

2. Discomfort or pain in the arms, particularly the left arm

These are the classic symptoms of heart attack we all know so well. But women don’t always have those symptoms and are more likely than men to have:

3. Shortness of breath

4. Back, shoulder, and neck pain

5. Jaw pain

6. Flu-like symptoms: nausea, lightheadedness, sweating, and stomach pain

Women and Heart Attack

According to the Office on Women’s Health, a heart attack doesn’t always happen suddenly. It can develop over hours or even weeks. The more signs of heart attack you have — the more likely it is one. If you have symptoms of heart attack, don’t delay! Call 9-1-1 immediately. [Video: Just a Little Heart Attack]

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. It causes one in three deaths each year, according to GoRedForWomen.org, but only one in five American women think heart disease is the biggest threat to her health. [Shocking Truth About Women and Heart Disease]

Heart Attack Prevention Tips

1. Don’t smoke. [Kids Smoking Their Health Away]

2. Get regular checkups and know your blood pressure and cholesterol readings. [7 Ways To Control Your Blood Pressure]

3. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. [Exercise (Even a Little) to Live Longer]

4. Watch your diet — too much cholesterol and saturated fats can clog your arteries. A heart-healthy diet contains plenty of nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits. [Processed Meat Linked to Early Death]

5. If you have diabetes, be vigilant about keeping it under control. [Diabetes and Your Heart (infographic)]


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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Always important to remember these signs.

H D.
Holly D3 years ago

Doctors and hospitals need this in front of them!! My former pcp denied women could have heart disease until his nurse collapsed and needed quadruple bypass surgery

Loesje vB
Loesje Najoan3 years ago

Good to know. I lost my best friend with these symptoms : back, shoulder, and neck pain but I did not know that was "Signs You’re Having a Heart Attack"!

Antoinette Harris

good info

Anne K.
Anne K4 years ago

Thank you!

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez4 years ago

Good reminder. More folks need to have this right in front of them to keep them vigilant.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Carmen Baez
Past Member 4 years ago

Great info, thanks

Margaret M. F.
Marge F4 years ago

Thank-you for posting this informative article, it is a good review.