Symptoms And Signs Of A Heart Attack in Men and Women

by Mouli Chakraborty
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We all love our close ones with our whole hearts. But, what if that very heart of your close one gets attacked? It is a moment that turns one’s world upside down, right? But, the good news is that a heart attack never happens all of a sudden as it seems. Before a heart attack, one’s body definitely gives him or his near ones some symptoms. And, if he or his household members recognize those signs and symptoms at the time, the life of the person can be saved through an immediate medical procedure. Now the point is, what are the signs of a heart attack

Predominant Signs of a Heart Attack

The predominant symptoms of heart attack are:

~ Chest Pain

As the heart is close to our chest, it is very natural that the chest will signal you before any impending heart attack. You are expected to feel discomfort or pain in the area near the center of your chest. It may either go on for a few minutes or may follow the go-and-come pattern. In that situation, you will feel uncomfortable coercion, compaction, fullness, or pain.

~ Upper Body Areas’ Discomfort

You may feel pain in either one or both of your arms, neck, stomach, back, or jaw.

~ Shortness Of Breath

It may happen with chest discomfort or even without it.

~ Some Extra Signs

Having a cold sweat, feeling nausea & lightheaded are some of the extra signs of a heart attack. You may also love to read How much do you know about Essential hypertension?

Do the Symptoms And Signs Of A Heart Attack Vary For Men & Women?

Yes, the symptoms of a heart attack in the case of a woman may vary from that of a man. The main symptom of a heart attack for a woman is angina (chest pain or discomfort). But, other than that, a woman is relatively more likely than a man to experience a few of the other symptoms like shortness of breath, back and jaw pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Do the Symptoms And Signs Of A Heart Attack Vary For Men & Women?
Do the Symptoms And Signs Of A Heart Attack Vary For Men & Women?

Besides, the symptoms of a heart attack may also vary from person to person. Where some people can feel mild pain before their heart attack, others have to tolerate severe pain, and still, there are some whose heart attack doesn’t give them any warning signs at all. Also, some people can get to know about their impending heart attack days or weeks before as they continuously get the warning signs beforehand. But, for some people heart attack happens suddenly. You may also love to read What are the heart related disease and its prevention?

Signs Of A Heart Attack In A Woman

We usually have a misconception that a heart attack always happens suddenly. But, does the research confirms the same? No! Research says that several weeks before a woman’s heart attack takes place, her body starts giving her the symptoms.

Also, as per a study conducted in 2003, about 80 percent of the 515 women reported that they have felt at least one symptom of their heart attack exactly 4 weeks before it happened. The symptoms of heart attack were constant for some of them and for others they came and went away. But, what’s common was that the symptoms disrupted their sleep. Also read, Depression, Anxiety and Heart Disease!

Signs Of A Heart Attack In A Woman
Signs Of A Heart Attack In A Woman

So, it is very much important that you contact the doctor immediately when you experience any of the symptoms of a heart attack. Otherwise, the heart attack may be fatal and it may be too late for any treatment. But, what are the specific signs of a heart attack in a woman? Well! Here are they:

~ Chest Pain

Though chest pain before a heart attack is very much common in the case of a woman, it is also the same in the case of a man. When the chest pain (discomfort) makes you suffer before a heart attack, you will feel tightness and pressure on your chest. Also, it will give you a squeezing & aching impression. But, some women are also there who faces a heart attack without any prior sign of chest pain (discomfort).

~ Intense Fatigues

Some women experience intense fatigue just before a heart attack while others experience it in the weeks after their heart attack. 

~ Weakness In Your Body

Feeling weak & shaky? Be alert! It may be an acute sign of a heart raid. Also, they may be escorted by anxiety, fainting, lightheadedness, & dizziness.

~ Sweating without any hardship

~ Shortness Of Breath

If you face shortness of breath (heavy breathing) along with fatigue or chest pain, you must prepare yourself for an impending heart attack by visiting your doctor’s clinic. Also, in such a case you must make yourself sit upright instead of lying down. You will feel somewhat better. 

~ Excessive Sweating

Another symptom of heart attack, especially for a woman is excessive sweating. A heart attack will make your body wet with sweating even in chilly weather. Besides that, if you are suddenly feeling excessive cold or clammy irrespective of the weather, you have an underlying issue of heart disease or may very soon be going to confront a heart attack.

~ Rapid and jagged heartbeat 

~ Pain In The Upper Parts Of Your Body

In case of a heart attack, your upper body parts will continue giving you a signal for it beforehand. The areas of the upper part of your body that undergoes pain & discomfort include the neck, either arm, upper back, and jaw. The pain usually begins in one region of your body and then gradually branches out to the other regions. Or, you may feel the pain in other regions of your body all of a sudden. 

~ Back, jaw, stomach, or neck pain

~ Disturbances In Sleep

Weeks before your heart is getting ready for an attack, you will begin to experience some sleep disturbances. For instance, you may find it difficult to get to sleep and stay awake the whole night. Or, you may experience a feeling of tiredness in spite of getting sufficient sleep.

~ Serious chest pain

~ Stomach Issues

Though rare, in some cases, a few women felt stomach pressure or pain before their heart attack. Also, some women face digestive issues like nausea, indigestion, or vomiting before the attack.

Furthermore, heart attacks in women may also happen at their post-menopause. This is because, After menopause, the estrogen level of the women falls off and it increases the risk of their heart attacks. But, isn’t there any way to track their impending heart attacks beforehand so that some action can be taken in order to save their lives? Of course, where’s will there’s way! For that, you have to keep a watch on some impending signs of heart attack that happens post-menopause. They are:

~ Arm pain/discomfort

What Are The First Signs Of A Heart Attack In A Woman?

Though different signs are there to recognize an impending heart attack in women, there are three first-hand symptoms of heart attack in women. These first signs of a heart attack will strongly point you out that your heart attack is very near. Curious to know those signs in women? They are unusual fatigue, sweating & shortness of breath & neck/jaw/back pain. All these 3 signs are a sure shot sign of impending heart attack in women. 

Signs Of A Heart Attack In Men

The symptoms of a heart attack in the case of men are limited. They may not go through so many symptoms of a heart attack through which women go. Their symptoms include:

Signs Of A Heart Attack In Men
Signs Of A Heart Attack In Men

~ Chest Pain

Men may expect to feel discomfort or pain in the area near the center of their chest. It may either go on for a few minutes or may follow the go-and-come pattern. In that situation, they will feel uncomfortable coercion, compaction, fullness, or pain.

~ Nausea/ Vomiting

Just before the heart attack or a few hours/days /weeks before the attack, a man may feel nauseous or he may vomit. So, it’s one of the impending sign of a heart attack in men.

~ Back/ jaw/neck pain

A man may feel pain in his neck, back, or jaw before a heart attack.

~ Shortness Of Breath

It may happen with chest discomfort or even without it.

The Final Words

Heart attack is a serious issue and can happen to anyone at any time. But, with proper knowledge of the signs of a heart attack, you can easily get out of it by admitting yourself or your close ones to a hospital and following proper treatment at the right time. So, stop fearing it. Enlighten yourself and others with its knowledge & be brave. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Signs of a Heart Attack

Q1. What are the 4 signs of an impending heart attack? 

Answer: Chest pain, nausea, upper body areas’ discomfort & shortness of breath.

Q2. What are 6 common signs of a heart attack? 

Answer: Chest pain, nausea, upper body areas’ discomfort, lightheadedness, shortness of breath & sweating.

Q3. What are the top 10 signs of a heart attack? 

Answer: Chest pain, nausea, upper body areas’ discomfort, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, intense fatigues, sleep disturbances, weakness in the body, stomach issues & sweating.

Q4. How can you check yourself for a heart attack?

Answer: You can test your heart health by measuring your pulse. First, get a watch having a second hand in it. Put your index & middle fingers on the wrist (inner) of another arm, almost below your thumb’s base. Count the tapping numbers that you sense in 10 seconds. Now, multiply the number you get, by 6. You will get your heart rate ( for one minute). Now, check if it’s normal or not. 

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