Myth: Heart Attack Symptoms Are the Same For Men and Women
Truth: “The classic symptoms (pain in the arm, jaw, throat or chest) are common in both men and women, but non-chest pain symptoms (fatigue, shortness of breath) are more likely to occur in women compared to men. These symptoms can occur in 38 percent of women compared to 27 percent of men,” says Dr. Turek. “And women, especially older women, tend to have their symptoms with emotion and stress, not exercise.”
Doctors have also found that women often attribute these symptoms to other causes (their age, or busy schedules juggling work and family) and don’t realize that it could be a heart attack. “If you have a change in your normal way of feeling especially with exercise or when you’re carrying on with your normal activities and you feel like you don’t have enough energy or breath, it could be signs of heart trouble,” she says. Pay attention to how you’re feeling; if unusual or strange symptoms occur, seek a physician’s advice immediately.