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Would YOU know you were having a heart attack? Warning signs can vary wildly between men and women

  • Both men and women can suffer the well-known tightness in the chest 
  • But sleep deprivation and anxiety are less-known symptoms for women
  • Alabama University’s Dr Joseph Fritz urged people to know different signs

If you think of someone having a heart attack, chances are you will picture a scene where a man gasps, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. 

But in reality, a heart attack victim could easily be a woman, and the scene not be  so dramatic. 

While men and women share some of the same symptoms, the University of Alabama’s Dr Joseph Fritz explains they can also have wildly different ones.

Both men and women can suffer chest tightness and pain or pressure in the chest, neck, jaw, arms or back.

Unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, feeling sick and vomiting are among the unpleasant symptoms experienced by both genders.

Both men and women can experience chest pain when they are having a heart attack but other symptoms can significantly vary, according to he University of Alabama’s Dr Joseph Fritz


  • Weakness
  • Breaking out into a cold sweat
  • Dizziness 


  • Sleep disturbance 
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety 

However, Dr Fritz also urged people to remember each heart attack is different and symptoms may not always exactly fit the mould.

Never ignore any possible symptoms of a heart attack, and get medical attention immediately.

Women are more likely than men to die within a year of their first heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. 
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