How do women know if they are having a heart attack?

Heart stethescopeIt is true that women may experience heart attack symptoms that are different than what men may experience.

We all hear about chest pain or tightness that may or may not radiate to the left arm and jaw, but there are other warning signs. Women are more likely to describe chest pain with or without pain in the upper abdomen, neck or back, intense nausea, shortness of breath and sweating. These may occur during rest, begin during physical activity or be triggered by mental stress.

Women need to be in tune with their bodies and not dismiss such symptoms as “just stress.” Heart disease may be silent and not diagnosed until a woman experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke-like symptoms.

About Lisa Michels

Lisa Michels, APNP, nurse practitioner, works collaboratively with the Agnesian Cancer Care team helping patients effectively manage symptoms associated with their cancer treatments. She also works with Agnesian HealthCare surgeons and radiologists to identify individuals at increased risk for breast and other cancers. Her passion is in early detection and prevention of breast cancer, as well as monitoring the status of breast cancer survivors.

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