When a blood clot forms in a coronary artery, it can trigger a heart attack. Blood flow doesn’t reach your heart, and that causes a cramping or squeezing type of pain in your chest.
Women don’t always experience chest pain. According to the New England School of Medicine, “women under the age of 55 are seven times as likely as men to be misdiagnosed and sent home in mid-heart attack.”
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Every minute matters, and fast action can save your life.
Here are 4 unusual signs of heart attack in women:
Sweating Day and Night
Do you suddenly feel so hot that you think someone has turned up the heater? A diagnosis can be difficult, since a woman in menopause may just be having hot flashes.
If you sweat so much that you can’t sleep, or wake up with soaked sheets, you may be having a heart attack.
Jaw pain can start days or weeks before a heart attack. If it is heart-related, it is more common to experience pain in the lower jaw.
A panic attack comes on without warning and you feel surges of intense anxiety and fear. This attack may cause sharp chest pain, which is caused by muscle contractions in the chest wall. The contractions are so intense that your chest wall may be sore hours or days later.
Shortness of Breath
You may have a regular exercise routine that you’re familiar with, but all the sudden you are short of breath and you may or may not experience chest pain as well.