Do You Know the Different Heart Attack Symptoms in Men and Women?

Do You Know the Different Heart Attack Symptoms in Men and Women?

man has heart attack

You might think you know what a heart attack looks like--you clutch your chest in pain and fall to the ground. But heart attacks don’t always stick to this script--especially in women.

Here’s a look at some of the different heart attack symptoms in men and women.

In Women

Women are more likely to have atypical and subtle symptoms during a heart attack, including:

  • Fatigue: You may feel tired for days without a clear reason.
  • Dull pain: While chest pain is the most common sign, you may feel pain or discomfort in your neck, back, jaw, or stomach.
  • Nausea: You may vomit or feel sick to your stomach.
  • Shortness of breath: You may have a hard time breathing, even when sitting down.

In Men

Men are more likely to experience the typical symptoms we associate with heart attacks, including:

  • Severe chest pain: You may feel like someone is squeezing your heart or like you have a large weight on your chest.
  • Shooting pain: You may feel a pain shooting down your left arm.
  • Cold sweat: You may break out in a cold sweat.

Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you suspect you might be having a heart attack, dial 911. Every second counts.

Heart Attack Care

WCHN hospitals are certified Primary Angioplasty Centers. All patients suspected of having a heart attack are evaluated on the spot, either by EMS or the emergency physician. Find out more about our life-saving emergency care.


Cookies help us improve your website experience.
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies.