According to the physicians at Johns Hopkins Columbia Heart Failure Clinic, heart attack symptoms can manifest differently in women as compared to men.
While chest pain is a common symptom for both genders, women are more likely to experience less typical symptoms such as indigestion, shortness of breath, and back pain.
Chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom of a heart attack in men. This may feel like squeezing, pressure, fullness, or pain in the centre of the chest.
Pain or discomfort in other areas of the body, such as the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach, may also be symptoms of a heart attack.
Shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, feeling lightheaded or dizzy, and nausea or vomiting can also be signs of a heart attack.
Some men may experience a sense of impending doom or anxiety along with the physical symptoms.
Men who have risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, or a family history of heart disease are at a higher risk for a heart attack.
If you experience symptoms of a heart attack, it is important to call for medical attention at the earliest.
Time is of the essence in treating a heart attack, the faster you get to a hospital the better the chance of survival and minimising the damage to your heart muscle.