The Signs of Heart Disease in Women

Women are less likely to recognize the warning signs of heart trouble. Symptoms of heart attack may include:

  1. Crushing chest pressure below the breastbone with tingling down the left arm
  2. Profuse sweating
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Lightheadedness
  5. New episodes of unusual fatigue
  6. Unusual upper body pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  7. Shortness of breath
  8. Breaking out in a cold sweat
  9. Feeling lightheaded or sudden dizziness
  10. Nausea
  11. An anxious feeling

Although women suffer a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States, a study by the American Heart Association revealed that only half of women surveyed would call 9-1-1 if they thought they were having a heart attack. Remember, if you have (or someone you're with has) chest discomfort, or any heart attack warning sign, call 9-1-1 immediately.