Women may have different symptoms

Women may have all, none, many or a few of the typical heart attack symptoms. While some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest is still a common symptom of a heart attack in women, many women have heart attack symptoms without chest pain, such as:

  • Pain in the neck, back, shoulders or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain or "heartburn"
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Unusual or unexplained fatigue, possibly for days

Additional information for older adults and people with diabetes

Older adults and people with diabetes may have no or very mild symptoms of a heart attack, so it's especially important not to dismiss heart attack symptoms in people with diabetes and older adults even if they don't seem serious.

June 03, 2017 See more In-depth