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Heart Attack Warning Signs 

Know the Signs

One size typically doesn't fit all, and the same is true for heart attack signs and symptoms. Men and women experience heart attack symptoms differently. Knowing what YOUR symptoms are leads to earlier intervention and ultimately saves healthy heart tissue.

A comparison of women's and men's heart attack risk warning signs:

Women

  • Chest Pain: Pain may be mild or absent, often described as "pressure," "dullness" or "ache." Stomach pain may occur.
  • Fatigue: Many women report sudden onset of unusual fatigue as their only warning sign of heart attack.
  • Shortness of breath: May occur at same time or before chest pains. More common in women.
  • Sweating: May occur at same time or before chest pains. More common in women.
  • Throat, neck, back or jaw pain: Discomfort may be felt in other areas of the upper body. More common in women.
  • Nausea, vomiting or indigestion: May experience nausea, vomiting or indigestion. Much more common in women.

Men

  • Chest Pain: Discomfort in center of chest often describing as "crushing."
  • Fatigue: Fatigue less common in men.
  • Shortness of breath: May occur at same time or before chest pains.
  • Sweating: May occur at same time or before chest pains.
  • Throat, neck, back or jaw pain: Discomfort may be felt in other areas of the upper body.
  • Nausea, vomiting or indigestion: May experience nausea, vomiting or indigestion.

If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

If you need a referral to a physician on the Baylor Irving medical staff, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or search online.