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The signs of a heart attack can be different for men and women.

A heart attack can occur at any time- and they are not always sudden and intense. The Society of Chest Pain Centers reports that 50% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside of a hospital, suggesting that many people do not act on early warning signs. Knowing and recognizing heart attack warning signs can save a life. When it comes to your heart, every minute matters.


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Basic symptoms of heart attack include chest tightness or pressure and/or pain in the chest, neck, jaw, arms or back. While heart attacks can occur in both men and women, often the warning signs can look different. According to the National Institute for Health, major symptoms prior to a heart attack can include:


For Women:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety

For Men:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness

Other heart attack warning signs both men and women may experience include:

  • arm, back, neck, jaw or abdominal discomfort
  • feelings of faintness
  • nausea
  • shortness of breath, even if your chest feels fine
  • sudden perspiration


Never ignore any possible symptoms of a heart attack.

If you believe that you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1. A false alarm investigated is better than a heart attack ignored.


If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.