When it comes to a pending heart attack, there’s not one warning signal that applies to everyone. Men and women share some symptoms like chest pain, indigestion and dizziness. Shortness of breath also applies to both sexes, but in men it often feels like one can’t get enough air even when resting.
However, there are some symptoms that appear to manifest differently by sex.
Symptoms common in men are:
- upper body discomfort or pain that includes arms, left shoulder, back, neck, jaw or stomach
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
- breaking out in a cold sweat
Symptoms more common to women are:
- sleep disturbances
- unusual fatigue lasting for several days or sudden severe fatigue
- jaw pain or pain that spreads up into one’s jaw
- upper back, shoulder or throat pain
The most important thing for you to know is what’s normal and abnormal for your body. Even if you’re not sure any of these symptoms are warnings, get emergency care right away. The best way to recover from a heart attack is early intervention, regardless of sex.