Weather Updates

It’s American Hearth Month; women should become aware of heart attack symptoms

Updated: March 7, 2013 6:40AM

It’s American Heart Month; women should become aware of heart attack symptoms

During American Heart Month, I wanted to remind women that although men have heart attacks and strokes more often than women, the mortality rate from cardiovascular disease for women is higher. Why? The symptoms for heart attack and stroke are often different in women, and women often aren’t aware they’re in any danger.

According to the American Heart Association, heart attack symptoms in women include:

An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.

Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptoms is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to also experience some of the other common symptoms listed above, especially shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

I hope this information helps. Another resource for reliable health information about your risk for heart attack or stroke is your local physician or health care provider.

Dr. Jamie Broekhuizen

KishHealth Physician Group, Sandwich

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.