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what are the signs and heart attack symptoms for women?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Usually the same: Heart attacks (mi) usually cause the same symptoms in both men and women: chest pain or pressure that can go to arm or jaw, sweating, nausea, shortness of breath. However, an mi can have very few symptoms as well, and be "painless", more common in diabetics. Some people only feel like they have the "flu". Mis in women especially in 40s/50s are often missed because they are not considered. Be seen!
Dr. Michael Borookhim
Geriatrics 25 years experience
It could be varied: But can include chest pain, or radiation of pain to the jaw, neck, or arm, shortness of breath, or exertional shortness of breath, or sweats. Sometimes, people have atypical symptoms, such as discomfort in the abdomen. You might have nausea. Sometimes, it can be fatigue but this is pretty atypical. Keep in mind your risk factors. If you have them, be proactive and be tested... Good luck.

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