Women and men can experience heart attacks very differently. CDC states that the numbers are almost even between men and women having heart attacks annually. Women’s risk of heart attacks increases after menopause.
Can you find the differences?
- Pain or Discomfort: A heart attack typically involves chest pain or
discomfort that may radiate, feeling of squeezing, fullness, or pain. This
discomfort can last for several minutes or comes and goes.
- Radiating Pain: The pain from a heart attack can radiate to other areas of the
body, such as the arms (especially the left arm), jaw, neck, back, and
- Discomfort: that may feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness in the chest or back.
- Shortness of Breath: People experiencing a heart attack will often have
difficulty breathing or feel short of breath.
- Anxiety: there may be a strong feeling of anxiety.
- Nausea, Dizziness, or Cold Sweats: Some individuals may experience nausea,
lightheadedness, or cold sweats along with chest pain during a heart
- Sudden Heat Sensation: A hot flash is a sudden sensation of intense
heat, often starting in the upper body and spreading to the face, neck,
- Nausea, Dizziness, or Cold Sweats: Some women may experience nausea,
lightheadedness, or cold sweats.
- Redness and Sweating: During a hot flash, the skin may become flushed,
and you usually experience sweating.
- Duration: Hot flashes typically last for a few minutes and then gradually
- No Chest Pain: Hot flashes do not include chest pain.
NEVER drive yourself to an ER or take your spouse.
ALWAYS call 911.