While most women are aware of their risk for breast cancer, many don’t realize a larger threat is beating inside their chests - heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of American women, killing more women than all cancers combined. In fact, more women die of heart disease each year than men.
Heart attack symptoms in women do not present the same as they do in men - and they aren’t always obvious. For example, not all women experience chest pain or discomfort.
Sometimes, the only symptoms present are:
- unusual chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain
- shortness of breath
- nausea or vomiting
- shoulder pain
- unexplained anxiety
- palpitations, cold sweat and paleness
- weakness and fatigue
Many women may just experience a cold sweat and dizziness.
These variations in symptoms are why heart attacks can be difficult to diagnose in women. If you think you may be having a heart attack, don't dismiss your instincts. Seek prompt medical attention immediately!