Additional information for women, elderly and people with diabetes

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 back, shoulders or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain or "heartburn"
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Unusual or unexplained fatigue, possibly for days

Elderly people 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.

Jul. 25, 2014 See more In-depth