11. Pain in Either Arm
Many of us have heard that you might feel a sharp pain in your left arm when you are having a heart attack. In contrast, women can experience this sharp pain in either arm. So, whether you feel a strong pain in either arm, you should get it looked at immediately, especially when it occurs with other heart attack-related symptoms.
12. Neck, Shoulder, and Back Pain
In addition to the jaw pain mentioned earlier, women may also experience aches and discomfort in other areas of the body that are in close proximity to the chest, including the neck, shoulders, and back.
With neck pain, the National Heart Foundation of Australia says it may vary from “general discomfort” to a “choking or burning feeling in your throat,” while shoulder pain may be experienced as “a general ache, heaviness, or pressure around one or both of your shoulders.” Upper back pain tends to feel like a dull ache between the shoulder blades.
13. Dizziness, Lightheadedness, or Fainting
Women may also experience lightheadedness prior to having a heart attack, as well as feeling dizzy or like they may pass out. These symptoms occur due to a lack of blood flow to the brain.
While having a bout of dizziness or lightheadedness doesn’t always mean a heart attack is imminent, if it occurs in combination with other symptoms on this list (namely chest pain), it may mean the insufficient blood flow is due to a blockage of one or more of the heart’s arteries, which is what causes a heart attack to occur.