Well we have been hearing this for a while now and here is another reason why men and women differ.  Women’s heart attack symptoms are different from men’s. Yes, research by the National Institutes of Health indicate that women often experience new or different physical symptoms as long as a month or more before experiencing heart attacks. The symptoms most commonly reported were unusual fatigue; sleep disturbance and shortness of breath.

And here is something else that is strange, fewer than 30% reported having chest pain or discomfort prior to their heart attacks and 43% reported have no chest pain during any phase of the attack.  Of course, the physicians continue to consider chest pain as the most important heart attack symptom in both men and women.

Major symptoms prior to their heart attack included:

  • Unusual fatigue – 70%
  • Sleep disturbance – 48%
  • Shortness of breath – 42%
  • Indigestion – 39%
  • Anxiety – 35%

Major symptoms during the heart attack include:

  • Shortness of breath – 58%
  • Weakness – 55%
  • Unusual fatigue – 43%
  • Cold sweat – 39%
  • Dizziness – 39%

This information is for both men and women to learn and understand.