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Heart Attack Warning Symptoms (Men vs. Women)

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 15 Mar 2019


Heart attack or Myocardial infarction is one of the leading causes of death in India. And if you ask people about the symptoms of heart attack, most of them will say chest pain. Heart attack symptoms depend upon several factors such as what type of cardiovascular disease you have, your age and your gender. Therefore, it is important for you to know the different types of symptoms that may lead to heart attack.

Heart attack symptoms in men:

  • Niggling, squeezing or burning pain in centre of the chest that goes and comes back
  • Sweating, weak pulse or nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of consciousness or sudden dizziness
  • Tightness in chest
  • Indigestion or feeling of heartburn

Prompt: Men are most likely to report physical exertion before the onset of a heart attack.


Symptoms of heart attack more likely in women:

  • Nausea, dizziness or abdominal discomfort
  • Chest discomfort
  • Jaw or back pain
  • Indigestion or gas like pain
  • Unexplained fatigue or weakness
  • Mild flu-like symptoms

Prompt: Women are most likely to report emotional stress before a heart attack.

Heart attack warning symptoms are slightly different in case of both men and women. While the symptoms for men includes extreme pain, sweating, women face less intense and more frequent attacks. Also, in the case of women, risk factors increase post menopause when the body undergoes some hormonal changes which lead to the decrease in estrogen level.

On the whole, both men and women should be aware of cardiovascular risks and must take precautionary measures in order to prevent the disease. Heart diseases can be turned upside down with few lifestyle changes and good eating habits.

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