Signs and Symptoms

Some symptoms of a heart attack are shared by both men and women, such as pain in the chest radiating to the arm. Some women, however, might experience less classical symptoms:

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Indigestion

  • Shortness of breath

  • Excessive fatigue

  • Lightheadedness

  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

  • Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck or jaw
Call 911

Women are hesitant to call 9-1-1, but the American Heart Association says
it’s best to call EMS — even if you’re
not sure it’s a heart attack. Patients
who arrive by ambulance typically receive faster treatment at the hospital.


Just a little heart attack


Courtesy of the American Heart Association