Do Women Have Different Heart Attack Symptoms?

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Are heart attack symptoms in women different than in men?

Doctor's response

Symptoms of a heart attack in women may be similar to men (mid chest pain), but may more likely be "atypical" (shortness of breath, sweatiness, arm or jaw pain only, etc). One must remember that either sex may have an "atypical" presentation, but it is more common in women. Anyone with symptoms they feel could be consistent with a heart attack (please see the "Heart Attack Warning Signs" article) should call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.

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Last Editorial Review: 9/8/2017
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Medically reviewed by Wayne S. Blocker, MD; Board Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology

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