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Question: I’ve heard that men and women have different heart attack symptoms. Is that true? As a woman, what symptoms should I be aware of?

Answer: It is true that men and women have different heart attack symptoms. Men tend to experience ‘classic’ heart attack symptoms like chest pain and tightness and heartburn. Women, however, experience heart attack symptoms like nausea, extreme fatigue, arm and neck pain, shortness of breath, feelings of anxiety, and indigestion. Because women expect ‘classic’ symptoms, they often don’t realize they are having a heart attack.

Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, the best way to prevent a heart attack is to know your numbers. These numbers—cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and blood sugar—can provide an indication of your heart health.

If you do notice any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately.