6. Sharp Upper Body Pain
While men may feel “the weight of an elephant” sitting on their chests, heart attacks for women often cause sharp upper body pain. It’s common for women to complain of sharp, shooting pain or dull, gradually mounting pain in the neck, upper arms, or jaw. Regardless, the pain can be so strong that it rouses you from sleep.
7. Jaw Pain
Although it is rare, a red flag for a heart attack is jaw pain. This is because when there is a problem with our heart, the nerves in that general area react, which is why we feel pain in areas other than the direct area. But because the jaw is not located in the chest, it is often another overlooked symptom for heart-related problems.
8. Rapid Heart Rate
An intensely rapid heartbeat will commonly accompany feelings of intense anxiety and sweating in women suffering a heart attack. You might think you’re having an anxiety attack, because it strikes suddenly, with your heart overexerting during a non-stressful endeavor.
9. Chest Pain
While the crushing chest pain that men experience during a heart attack is less intense for women, chest pain can still occur leading up to and during a heart attack. Although instead of pain, women feel tight discomfort that is commonly described as a full feeling across the entire chest, which is not solely on the left side of the chest.