Generally the pain usually manifests itself with the same symptoms in both women and men. The symptoms of a heart attack in women should not be underestimated: the same as in men but often more nuanced and confused. Although it is commonly thought that heart attack is a purely male problem, after menopause, when estrogen protection fails, the risk for women increases dramatically. Women are generally unaware of their cardiovascular risk, so there is often a tendency to underestimate the problem and ignore the warning signs. Instead, it is important to pay attention to the signals: in fact, 30% of heart attack cases concern women over 60 and the recovery of heart function after a heart attack is frequently weaker in women than in men. The pain usually begins behind the breastbone, on the left side of the chest, or in the pit of the stomach. Later it radiates to the arms (especially the left one), shoulders, back, neck and jaw.
Pain in the arm
Chest pain extends to the arm and goes up the shoulders and neck to the jaw. It is an oppressive pain, not punctiform, which does not get worse by pressing on the chest or with breathing but is aggravated with effort. In women, back pain in the event of a heart attack can be more pronounced.
Difficulty in breathing
To the symptoms mentioned above must be added difficulty in breathing, nausea, dizziness, sudden sweating. These are not the specific symptoms of heart attack but if they occur together with chest or arm pain, you must act promptly to avoid the worst. In women, difficulty in breathing in the event of a heart attack is very common. This is a signal to be taken as an alarm bell.
Sometimes the sign of a heart attack is nausea. Sudden, like the other symptoms of a heart attack, if it is not associated with gastrointestinal problems or another type of discomfort, it can be linked to a more serious event against which to act immediately.
Tachycardia and fatigue
Extreme fatigue, sudden and for no apparent reason, associated with dizziness and shortness of breath. This is another spy to keep in mind in case of sudden illness. The heart can sometimes start beating rapidly and irregularly, or in other cases slow down the rate a lot. These phenomena, if they occur frequently, are not to be underestimated. Better to contact your doctor to ask for an expert opinion.