Medical scientists have come around to the realization that heart attack symptoms differ by gender. In a 2003 study of women who experienced heart attacks, frequently identified warning symptoms included sleep disturbances, fatigue and anxiety, but not chest pains. In addition, most of the women reported some symptoms at least one month prior to the heart attack. Other symptoms of heart attacks include lightheadedness; jaw pain; shortness of breath; indigestion; or pain in the upper back, shoulder, throat or cente of the chest. Women over 50 should be especially careful as the risk of heart attacks increases after menopause. Scheduling regular medical checkups is recommended as a way of learning to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack.
- In 2003 the journal Circuation published the results of a finding on heart attacks in women and it was then realized it affects women differently than men.
- 515 women in the study who had experienced heart attacks said they had experienced unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, and anxiety, and some for more than a month.
- When a woman suffers a heart attack, she should get emergency health care immediately. She should get health care even if she has not suffered one bu experiences one or more of the many symptoms.
“Women experience significant physical changes around age 50, the age when many women start to go through menopause. During this period of life, your levels of the hormone estrogen drop.”