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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me the heart attack symptoms for a woman?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Classically: Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder. Some will have abdominal pain-and be confused with gallbladder or stomach symptoms. Ladies seem to have less classic// or tolerate pain better than men. Relief with Nitroglycerin is very suggestive. A feeling of impending doom, pallor, sweating suggest a bad day!

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A 36-year-old female asked:

What are heart attack symptoms in women?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Variable: Symptoms vary from person to person men and women. Classic symptoms include pressure or squeezing pain which moves to arm, neck, and/or jaw. Shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, sweating, and/or flush face often accompany. Some have just sob or sharp pain. Some gas pain. Dizziness or just fatigue. Some have no symptoms at all. If you have risks then follow up with a doctor is most important.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How could a woman know if she's having a heart attack?

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Dr. David Greenfield
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Symptoms vary : Chest pain, jaw pain, arm pain, back pain, upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, sweating, trouble breathing and profound fatigue could all be possible symptoms of a heart attack in a woman. Bottom line - if you are concerned that you might be having a heart attack, take an Aspirin and seek medical attention immediately.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is a heart attack like if woman?

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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Typical sometimes: May be the same as everything described for mostly male populations or slightly different with less pain and more anxiety, or trying to minimize the pain because the woman needs to care for children, family etc. On the other end of the spectrum, doctors sometimes disregard women's heart attack symptoms and attribute them to hysteria. Take yourself seriously!
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are common heart attack symptoms?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Chest pain: Remember a heart attack is an occlusion of a coronary artery and doesn't mean cardiac arrest. If you develop sudden crushing chest pain not relieved with rest you may be having a heart attack. Seek urgent medical attention. Common symptoms are crushing chest pain, sweating, difficulty breathing, nausea.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Could a young woman have a heart attack?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Absolutely: There are rare problems in children. Most after 45 some in young adults with smoking, diabetes, obesity, bad behavior- Cocaine etc. After that anytime up to 100 women are at risk along with us guys!

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