I want to know the early warning signs of a heart attack, especially in women. I am a 55 year old business woman.

Ifeoma (by text message)

One of the main symptoms of a heart attack is a feeling of heaviness, tightness, tightness, or pressure in the chest or upper back. This pain does not have to be sudden or severe. It may take a few minutes, then leave and come back. Some people confuse heart attack pain with heartburn or indigestion. If this pain does not start soon after eating, if you do not usually have heartburn or if it is accompanied by nausea (feeling like you are about to vomit), you should see a doctor urgently. Women suffering from a heart attack may experience sharp pain similar to a toothache or earache in the jaw, neck, shoulder or back. This pain occurs because the nerves that supply these areas also supply power to the heart. This pain may come and go for a while before it gets more intense. It can even be so intense that it wakes you up at night. If you suddenly feel faint, your heart may not be getting the blood it needs. If shortness of breath or cold sweat is accompanied by dizziness (feeling like the room is spinning) or light-headedness (feeling like you might pass out), you could be having a heart attack.

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