The “typical” heart attack symptoms including chest pressure or squeezing or stabbing sensations in the center or left side of the chest may be more typical for men than women. As a result, may female heart attack victims do not seek treatment, or are misdiagnosed, resulting in the loss of precious time.
Many women do not experience the characteristic acute chest pain described by the majority of male heart attack victims. Women should be aware of uncommon heart attack symptoms: shortness of breath, weakness, and unusual fatigue. Women also report other atypical heart attack symptoms, too: nausea, dizziness, lower chest discomfort, upper abdominal pressure or discomfort that feels like indigestion, and upper back pain. Doctors urge women to pay close attention to these symptoms, and seek medical assistance if unsure. Remember, heart attacks can strike anyone, regardless of age, physical condition, or previous medical history.
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