7 Signs of a Heart Attack in Women

February 1, 2019

If you think having chest pains is the only sign of a heart attack, you are sadly mistaken. This post focuses on the 7 signs of a heart attack, but there are many more signs that can indicate you may be experiencing an attack. Today I’ll focus on women as signs vary between men and women.

February is National Heart Awareness Month.  February is a month when we celebrate matters of the heart from all facets, but  unlike Valentine’s Day, the focus of Heart Awareness month is a serious one aimed at saving lives. During February organizations and individuals draw attention to Heart Disease and Stroke in an effort to increase education, and raise much needed funds for research.  This post is part 1 of a 3 part series on heart attack and stroke awareness.

Signs of Heart Attack in Women: Not Just Chest Pain

Women are more likely than men to have symptoms other than chest pains.  According to the Mayo Clinic, some of them are:

1. Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort.

2. Shortness of breath

3. Pain in one or both arms.

4. Nausea or vomiting.

5. Sweating.

6. Lightheadedness or dizziness.

7. Unusual fatigue.

According to Heart Sisters on “Am I Having a Heart Attack” in at least 10% of women there is no chest discomfort, commonly thought to be the primary indicator of a heart attack,  so it’s important to be mindful of additional signs and listen to your body. Be mindful of the following


 an abrupt change in how you feel

 atypical pain, discomfort, pressure, heaviness, burning, tightness or fullness in the chest, left or right arms, upper back, shoulder, neck, throat, jaw or abdomen (generally, any place between neck and navel).Chest pain may be central, or felt “armpit to armpit”

What can you do to prevent heart attack?

Diet and exercise are often the answer to many preventable medical aliments, and this is no different for heart health. Eating a Heart Healthy Diet can go a long way in preventing heart attacks.

A loving note from I.C.O.E. Bracelet on the Heart Awareness month, if you’ve already had a heart attack, have stents, or are on special prescriptions, be sure to wear an ICOE Medical ID Bracelet  that alerts EMT’s to your situation. It could very well save your life!

Written by Michele Redmon

Michele Redmon is the owner of I.C.O.E. Bracelets. She loves the peace of mind these bracelets provide to parents, grandparents and children. With customer service a priority, she loves talking to her customers so drop her a line mredmon@icoebracelets.com.