Important: this is how you recognize a heart attack in women

Heart attack symptoms vary between men and women

Women and men are at the same risk of heart attack. Many people now know that chest pain and pressure is a symptom of a heart attack. This is often the case with men. In women, however, the signs are much more subtle. We explain how to recognize a heart attack in women.


As women, we are constantly reminded to check our breasts for any symptoms of breast cancer. It is surprising that we often hear nothing about the risk of heart attack, even though twice as many women die of a heart attack as of breast cancer, because the signs of a heart attack are so many more subtle in women than in men. I don’t always know how to report a heart attack to a woman in time. In fact, women are 50% more likely than men to have a heart attack that a doctor diagnoses as something else.

Read on the next page how to recognize a heart attack in women.