You probably have an idea of the most common heart attack symptoms. Any time a character on a television show or movie experiences a heart incident they complain of pain in the chest, shortness of breath, and they go into a cold sweat. This isn’t just movie magic, these really are the most common symptoms, but they aren’t the only symptoms.
The truth is, some patients will experience symptoms completely different to these. But what most people may not realize is that men and women often experience different symptoms making it difficult for women to diagnose themselves with heart attacks and therefore they are often slower to seek treatment. This, unfortunately, leads to a higher rate of women dying from heart attacks that weren’t caught soon enough.

Other Symptoms Of A Heart Attack For Men And Women
In addition to the common symptoms we’ve already mentioned, there are other symptoms common of both men and women such as pain in the shoulders, arm, neck, and jaw, indigestion, and dizziness. If you or someone you know begins to have unexplained symptoms like these, you should immediately seek medical.

Heart Attack Symptoms More Likely Found In Women
But there are other symptoms that are more likely only found in women that can sometimes go untreated. Often women having a heart attack will complain of a feeling of weakness or fatigue which they could easily explain away in another way. As well as pain or discomfort between the shoulder blades or an impending sense of doom. These symptoms – when paired with the more common – should raise serious alarm in female patients.

Women don’t always recognize cardiac symptoms in themselves as quickly as they do in their spouses. And they are more likely to be improperly diagnosed by physicians than men because they often report other symptoms other than just chest pain. So, while doctors are listening for the classic symptoms of heart attacks they may misdiagnose patients who complain of fatigue and a sense of impending doom as having anxiety or panic disorder instead of a heart problem.

Research shows that women wait longer than men to seek treatment of a heart attack. If you or a woman in your life begin to feel any of these symptoms it’s always a good idea to call 911 immediately. And once you are in medical care, be insistent about your physical symptoms so that you don’t become another misdiagnosed patient. If you are concerned about your heart health and would like to be under the care of a cardiologist, contact us today.