Heart Attack Symptoms in Men and Women

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America. It is extremely important that you know how to identify heart attack signs in you or a loved one. Heart attack symptoms in men and women have some similarities but can also vary quite a bit. Here are some of the differences in how heart attack signs present themselves in men and women.


Men are statistically more likely to experience a heart attack. Heart attack signs in men include:

  • Significant chest pain (like there is a weight sitting on your chest), accompanied by a squeezing sensation that is either intermittent or constant.
  • Pain in the upper body (including arms, the left shoulder, back, neck, stomach or jaw.
  • A heartbeat that is irregular or rapid.
  • A feeling of indigestion in your stomach.
  • Gasping for breath, or a feeling of not being able to get enough air, even if you are laying down.
  • Feeling faint or dizzy.
  • Experiencing a cold sweat.


Even though men are more likely to experience a heart attack, women are also at risk. Heart attack signs in women include:

  • Pain or pressure located in the center of the chest that may radiate to your arm.
  • Pain in the jaw that spreads.
  • Disturbances in sleep, paired with anxiety.
  • Fatigue that is out of the ordinary and lasts for several days or that is sudden and severe.
  • Pain from gas or indigestion.
  • Experiencing shortness of breath.
  • Feeling lightheaded.

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It is important to note that while these are some of the common signs of a heart attack in men and women, each heart attack will be different. If you are concerned that you or a loved one is experiencing a heart attack, it’s best to call 911 as soon as possible. When it comes to heart health, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

These are just some of the differences in heart attack symptoms in men and women. If you have more questions about heart attack prevention, our experienced Beverly Hills, CA cardiologist is here to help. Please call us at (310) 858-6500 or get in touch with us online to discuss treatment options.

If you have any more questions or concerns about heart health, contact Dr. Eshaghian at Beverly Hills Cardiology located in Beverly Hills


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