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Symptoms women experience before a heart attack can differ from men.

We may always be looking to feel the numbness in our left arm or waiting for a pain on the left side of our jaw, but a woman’s heart attack symptoms can be very different from a man’s heart attack symptoms. Some of the heart warning signs can be deceiving for women because they are challenging to assess from normal pain.

The relieving news doctors say is that heart attacks don’t come out of nowhere. Usually, the person has a family history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a weight situation.

Doctors recommend paying attention to the risks and symptoms as closely as possible. Even if it’s just a pain a random neck pain that seems to get worse, it’s important to seek a physician if you instinct says something isn’t right about the uncomfortable feeling.

Common Heart Attack Symptoms For a Woman

  • Shortness of breath
  • Jaw pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tingling anywhere in the body
  • Flu-like symptoms

Another situation to consider is when a friend might be showing signs of a heart attack. Doctors advise if you notice a friend or someone in a public setting beginning to suffer a heart attack, it’s important to give them two aspirins to chew on (not swallow). The chewing will help prevent the artery from temporarily clogging until you can get them to a hospital.

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